Recently on November 14th of this year, Second Harvest Food Bank brought over 15,000 pounds of food for their mobile food pantry program that is partnered with San Jose State University.
Many local partnerships are helping stop hunger across the country. Making ends meet as a college student is not always easy, which is why many students are turning to food pantries to help them make it through tough times.
CNN has reported that even though you many not hear about hunger being a problem, there is probably a population on campus in need. It good to be noted that there has been an increase in the number of food pantries on college campuses.
College students nationwide are experiencing firsthand the hardships of trying to afford a higher education. While college hunger is nothing new, it has been a growing problem in recent years because of the ever-increasing costs associated with higher education.
According to a recent report published by the Students Against Hunger have reported that a significant number of college students (22 percent) have very low levels of food security, which can make classwork more difficult.
When it comes to student hunger, a lack of data is a problem. “We wish we had better date,” said Katharine Broto, a researcher in sociology. “We first started collecting data on student hunger seven years ago. But it is hard to tell if it is gotten better or worse because we are always looking at different populations and different schools.”
One of the biggest reasons that many colleges and universities across the U.S. have felt the need to take student hunger upon themselves is because the effort to decrease hunger through legislation have been difficult.