College Students Face Hunger, Turn to Free Food

Food banks are for the homeless and out-of-work, right? Contrarily, college students are also turning to food banks to find their next meal.

The rising costs of tuition, housing and textbooks are making it hard for some students to find the extra money for food. Colleges are opening up on-campus food banks, so students don’t have to go to class on an empty stomach.

“We’re here to help students who have to decide between buying textbooks or buying food,” said Laura Pick, coordinator of Oregon State University emergency food pantry.

While in grade school, children have the option of receiving free or reduced-price lunches with the federally-assisted National School Lunch Program. However, once students get to college, they no longer receive this kind of food aid, Pick said.

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College Students Face Hunger and Homelessness

With rising tuition costs, college is becoming less affordable for some students. With the tough job market, several young adults are finding that the only way to be successful is with a college degree.

Graduate hopefuls like Diego Sepulveda, a 22-year-old UCLA student, are facing hunger and even homelessness to stay in school.homeless

After Sepulveda lost his job at Subway, he had to be resourceful when it came time to find a place to sleep. Sometimes he would sleep on a couch in the college library. Other nights, he would find himself crashing in a friend’s living room. As for showers, he used the student activities center, which has a pool and locker rooms.

“You’re always thinking, ‘How am I going to pay for next quarter? How am I going to get through the rest of the days here at UCLA?” he says. Read the rest of this entry »

Food Bank Gives Students Food Through Backpacks

hungerWhen I hear backpack, I usually think of something I use to carry my college survival kit. For some elementary students in Moberly, Missouri, a backpack is so much more than just a fabric bag to carry pencils and books in.

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