Saturday, May 30, 2015

Shelving Hunger

Lots of college students don't eat well, but some don't eat much at all.

A shaky economy with an uncertain job market is the reason more and more students say they’re coming to the aid of their peers by setting up campus “food pantries,” which are surging in popularity. This week alone, two pantries are opening, at Iowa State University and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; another opened about four weeks ago at the University of California at Davis. At some universities that already have food banks, grad students are prominent among those who use the services.

“Because prices in college keep on climbing and we don’t really have much control over that, students are trying to figure out other things to help each other,” said Hailey Boudreau, a sophomore at Iowa State University who, along with fellow sophomore Sarah Schwanebeck, opened The SHOP (Students Helping Our Peers) on Tuesday. “We understand as college students, college isn’t as affordable right now so we need to find other ways to cut back.”  Continue the article at Inside Higer Ed.

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