Survey Reveals Surprising Problem for College Kids
According to a recent survey of about 3,800 college students attending community colleges and universities and 4-year institutions across 12 states in the U.S., hunger is a significant problem. Nearly half of the students surveyed reported being insecure about food, and about 25 percent reported being hungry. Food insecurity was defined by the researchers as having unreliable access to enough nutritious, affordable food. Hunger was defined as having very low food security.
Levels of food insecurity were higher among students whose parents didn’t attend college (56 percent) than those with at least one parent who had attended college (45 percent). According to researchers, hunger is a substantial problem for college students—in far too many cases, preventing them from focusing on academics.
Even students enrolled in college meal plans, students with jobs, and students receiving financial aid experience food insecurity, according to the survey. The study was conducted by a number of campus-based groups, including the University of Connecticut Public Interest Research Group (UConnPIRG), the College and University Food Bank Alliance, and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.
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