Greater Need for Food at Community Colleges
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
In 2019, Long Beach City College provided hot breakfasts for about 1,800 students across 10 separate events. This past fall, the college provided a food pickup service to about 390 students (helping about 1,820 household members total) in one day.
The California institution is far from alone. Many community colleges across the country are working to meet a surge in demand for food and other basic necessities. Staff members who run these programs are concerned about what the future will hold if the pandemic, and thus the need, doesn't subside soon.