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The PVF Roundtable stocked food pantries for several campuses last year, and they are ready to do it again. The organization is counting on donations again this year.
While the exact number of U.S. college students experiencing food insecurity or hunger is unknown, several campuses have noticed this to be an issue and are now offering assistance, but they need our help. Many students enrolled in community colleges and trade schools are from lower-income families and usually have to work part-time hours in addition to attending classes.
"Our guiding philosophy for the market is based on revelations from research conducted by the Hope Center that show us food insecurity happens to varying degrees among a large portion of our student population," said Teri Crawford, interim executive director, San Jacinto College Foundation. "The Foundation also raises funds for student emergencies. Students typically ask for assistance with housing, utilities, food, childcare, and technology expenses."
The stress of inconsistent meals, combined with working and completing online courses during a pandemic, are affecting students tremendously in a negative way. Studies nationwide show that students without access to a pantry are showing lower attendance, lower GPAs, and are less likely to re-enroll.
Please donate here to Stock the Pantry today.