Food Insecurity

The Hidden Crisis on College Campuses: Many Students Don’t Have Enough to Eat

September 17, 2018

Caleb Torres lost seven pounds his freshman year of college — and not because he didn’t like the food in the dining hall. A first-generation college student, barely covering tuition, Torres ran out of grocery money halfway through the year and began skipping meals as a result.

He’d stretch a can of SpaghettiOs over an entire day. Or he’d scout George Washington University campus for events that promised free lunch or snacks. Torres told no one what he was going through, least of all his single mom.

“She had enough things to worry about,” he said.

It’s Hard to Study if You’re Hungry

September 17, 2018

Last fall, students at two of the nation’s premier historically black colleges, Spelman and Morehouse, went on a hunger strike. They weren’t protesting policymakers in Washington. They were pressuring their schools to allow students to donate unused meal plan vouchers to those on campus who needed them.

Food Insecurity on College Campuses

September 17, 2018
Food insecurity as a major barrier to college student success and strategies for combating this issue. By: Susan Blumenthal, M.D. and Christina Chu