More than half of students at U.S. community colleges say they're hungry
|Food insecurity is a very real problem for many Americans, but who knew that it affected so many college students, too?... Food insecurity is defined as “the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food.” |
Many of these hungry students are not whom you’d expect them to be. Fifty-six percent of students in the study were employed, with 38 percent working more than 20 hours a week. More than half received a federal study grant and 18 percent were recipients of private scholarships. Despite this, they still didn’t have enough money for food.
Honestly, I had never heard the term "Food insecurity" until this article, but now I plan on tirelessly dedicating the remainder of my entire life (if not the next 5 minutes spent formulating this post) to stamping out this scourge from our college campi! Most of these kids may graduate with a 4-year degree owing tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt - so the least we can do as a compassionate society is to make sure they never have to pay for food (or contraceptives... or medical marijuana).
USA Today reported an "obesity epidemic on college campuses," and the dreaded Freshman 15 with rampant student weight gain caused by "unhealthy eating, sleeping habits and lack of exercise." In fact, the percent of overweight and obese American college students increased from 27.4 percent in 2006 to 29.2 percent in 2011, according to the American College Health Association.
THEN THE UNTHINKABLE OCCURRED IN JANUARY, 2015
Ramen noodle truck crashes on on North Carolina highway scattering the packets of noodles along the highway and eventually ending up in a local landfill.
Apparently the sudden decreased supply of this student diet staple has reverberated just two years later, leading to today's food insecurity.
So let's recap:
1) 2011 - College kids are fat;
2) 2015 - Ramen Noodles truck crash
3) Today - For maybe the first time ever, college kids whine at some point that "they're starving."
WON'T YOU HELP?
For less than 15 cents per day for the average cost of a noodle packet, your generous gift of $150 will feed a millennial college student three square meals a day for an entire year.
To give, simply send a money order or cash to:
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Sarah McLachlan? Take it away...
In the arms of the angel
fly away from here
from this dark cold dorm room
...may you find some safe space comfort here