Addressing Food Insecurity on Campus: Establishing Food Pantries at Community Colleges and Connecting Students to Wider Services

THE PRESSING CHALLENGE OF FOOD INSECURITY AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Community college students come to campus with dreams of earning a degree or certificate and getting a job that pays well; they also often come with limited resources and, in many cases, multiple financial obstacles. Recent research has shed light on one particularly pressing challenge that many community college students face: food insecurity.

A number of recent research studies have shown that food insecurity is one of the most common challenges low-income students face. WSSN colleges saw this firsthand, and over two-thirds of them sought to address it by creating food pantries for their students. Their experiences provide the basis of this brief. It is intended to provide insights and strategies both for establishing a food pantry and for integrating that work with a broader set of community college student support services to systematically address their multiple needs.

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