The Campus Pantry
It’s a disturbing sign of the times–feeding hungry students.
The University of Georgia, Michigan State University, and the University of Arkansas are opening their food pantries to feed students because they can’t afford to feed themselves. With unemployed parents unable to assist, groups of students started pantries stocked by private donations in an effort to feed fellow students.
“This is one more scary manifestation of a broader economic, social and moral problem,” states Jim Weill, president of Food Research and Action Center (an anti-hunger group in Washington).
With high figures of unemployment of those under 25 years of age in some areas of the country, students are unable to work part-time to make ends meet, as they’ve done in generations past. Reliance on campus pantries, local food banks and soup kitchens, seems to be commonplace for a growing number of collegiate.
Has your college begun a pantry for struggling students? If not, be the first on campus to suggest it. Enlist administration, professors, and alumni to participate. Contact local grocery stores, big box stores and restaurants, ask for their assistance.
Are you one of the struggling? Please don’t feel embarrassed by your current situation, millions are experiencing hard times–get the help you need.