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The Hidden Crisis on College Campuses: 36 Percent of Students DonâEUR(TM)t Have Enough to Eat

Society & Culture  (tags: society, education, sadness )

- 449 days ago -
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.


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Phyllis P (232)
Saturday April 28, 2018, 9:44 pm
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.

Phyllis P (232)
Saturday April 28, 2018, 9:44 pm
According to a first-of-its-kind survey released Tuesday by researchers at Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, 36 percent of students on U.S. college campuses do not get enough to eat, and a similar number lack a secure place to live. The report, which is the first to include students from two-year, four-year, private and public universities, including GWU, found that nearly 1 in 10 community college students have gone a whole day without eating in the past month. That number was 6 percent among university students.

Researchers blame ballooning college costs, inadequate aid packages and growing enrollment among low-income students — as well as some colleges’ unwillingness to admit they have a hunger problem. College hunger is not a new issue, researchers caution. But it appears to be growing worse, and not merely because college is getting more expensive.

Phyllis P (232)
Saturday April 28, 2018, 9:47 pm
On top of that, the report found, 46 percent of community college students and 36 percent of university students struggle to pay for housing and utilities. In the past year, 12 percent of community college students and 9 percent of university students have slept in shelters or in places not intended as housing, or did not know from one day to the next where they would sleep.

Measuring college hunger and homelessness is difficult. Researchers depend on universities to distribute the surveys and on a self-selecting group of students to fill them out.

Christeen A (312)
Saturday April 28, 2018, 10:17 pm
Shocking indeed.

Beryl L (78)
Sunday April 29, 2018, 5:59 am
With the cost of tuition you would think that people would be eligible for free meals. I mean they're not even really free you're paying so much money that it's ridiculous the cost of education is out of this world.

Derry Richardson (38)
Sunday April 29, 2018, 6:05 am
Thanks, noted.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday April 29, 2018, 10:12 am
Noted and shared news article over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Mandi T (367)
Sunday April 29, 2018, 12:04 pm
So shocking indeed..

Colleen L (3)
Sunday April 29, 2018, 12:47 pm
Shocking indeed. Parents send them away, you'd think they'd do more to keep their kids healthy. Plus it's too bad feeding students better isn't included with the high college fees. Thanks Phyllis

JL A (281)
Sunday April 29, 2018, 1:08 pm
One more way we've abandoned and deprioritized the needs of future generations of leaders who do not come from wealth. Thanks Phyllis

joey nelson (31)
Sunday April 29, 2018, 1:27 pm
Thanks for keeping us informed !!!

Phyllis P (232)
Sunday April 29, 2018, 1:29 pm
I was floored when I saw this article. Student loans are a necessary evil, sadly, but the repayment is nothing short of rape in interest fees and the high monthly payments. But this??? That's like taking cafeterias out of high schools.

Angela J (61)
Sunday April 29, 2018, 6:48 pm

Freya H (344)
Sunday April 29, 2018, 6:53 pm
More proof of just how sick this society is. The 1% live like emperors and empresses, and their spoiled brats never have to worry about where the next meal is coming from, while the working class - the true lifeblood of this country - find it harder and harder to scrape together a living.

The storm is about to break.

Shirley S (187)
Sunday April 29, 2018, 7:41 pm
I agree with the idea that the INFLATED college fees should include meals for the students who are not from wealthy families.

Anne K (139)
Monday April 30, 2018, 5:24 pm
Thanks, Phyllis. Maybe the 1% want the rest of us to remain ignorant, unable to afford an education, so that they can stay in power.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday May 1, 2018, 6:25 am
I would ensure that my child has a decent meal every night. Why doesnt he work during the day and study part time? I did.

Mike M (8)
Tuesday May 1, 2018, 7:15 am
Money before human or any form of life is the way of the world at this point in time

Janet B (0)
Tuesday May 1, 2018, 7:20 pm

Joanna M (139)
Friday May 4, 2018, 8:48 am
This is just one of the many, many reasons we cannot open our borders and let in everyone who wants in...yes, we feel badly for anyone who is in a bad situation in their country of origin, but we need to make sure all our people are taken care of first. Contrary to popular belief, there are NOT enough jobs for everyone...and a huge number of new immigrants will take the same low jobs as these students.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday May 5, 2018, 2:58 am
Thanks again

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday May 5, 2018, 7:18 am
Thanks again

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday May 5, 2018, 10:06 pm
Thanks again

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday May 5, 2018, 10:34 pm
Thanks again

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday May 5, 2018, 10:42 pm
Truly sad that students cannot afford daily meals & a safe place to sleep every night. These students will be the leaders of the next generation after all! Thanks Phyllis for posting.

Debra G (0)
Saturday May 5, 2018, 10:53 pm
It’s not just the students. A lot of “adjunct faculty” cobble together a FT schedule by teaching at multiple campuses, but are only PT at each - with no benefits, and low pay. I worked at a community college where half these instructors were applying for food stamps. One woman, PhD in English, borrowed $5 from me for gas money to get across town for her other job. We are a shameful country.

Susanne R (236)
Sunday May 6, 2018, 8:22 pm
This is a heartbreaking story. I'm grateful for big-hearted Americans who start food pantries, keep them stocked with their donations, and families who take in students. What incentive does our government provide to students? When they graduate, they're drowning in debt. Yet our country desperately needs well-educated people. A nation's prosperity depends upon a well-educated population. Yet, according to THE VERDICT: (quote) Who Should Pay for Education? Everyone Who Benefits From It—That Is, All of Us. (end quote)

Thanks, Phyllis, for reminding us of the plight of our students.

Trish K (29)
Monday May 7, 2018, 5:56 am
To bad Universities don't have the common sense or smarts to post the best free meals in town as a guide to those who need nutrition in order to study. To bad we shame our young students into not being able to ask for help. Churches, community centers, outreach can be found on FB in your town that openly invite you to dine with them. Sad article, but thanks for the info.

TomCat S (123)
Monday May 7, 2018, 1:18 pm
Thanks Phyllis. I sometimes had to do the same as a student in NYC in 1966-1967. 😻

Suzanne L (89)
Monday May 7, 2018, 10:17 pm
Things can be bleak for students who don't have families to help them. I worked through uni, lived in dumps, and got by. You'd think a rich country like the US would have some programs to help kids that are struggling so much for basics. Afterall, they will be a future generation paying out good tax money if they can complete their educations.

Vivian F (487)
Tuesday May 8, 2018, 10:13 am
Sad indeed. This country wastes millions of dollars on things that are not necessary while struggling students that will one day run this country are starving. So unecessary!

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 8, 2018, 6:58 pm
agree with so many comments, Suzanne, Freya, Henriette, Vivian, JL A and so many others...
This is inexcusable! It's one thing to wear used clothes, from thrift stores, but rent being exorbitant for most, especially some students, means no money for food, like many other working people, as well.

So taxpayer money, is going to good use where? and why is there no rent control, virtually non existant??

Reallt bad for this generation and those to follow - as JL A, said. And that IS a travesty, a blight on the nation and deprivation, unnecessary and counter to rights of children and right to education. imho

As for the military expenditures, devastating and cockeyed, imho, that is, a travesty, as well - and doesn not even compare, to rent increase frenzies, from greedy developers, landlords, or realtors, etc..

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 8, 2018, 7:01 pm
and Vivian.. I think this comment says it all. Thank you, and thanks, Phyllis, for the post.


Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday June 17, 2018, 12:14 am
Thanks again

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday June 18, 2018, 12:45 am
Thanks again
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