College Students Are Hungry to Learn Everywhere
Sara Goldrick-Rabb, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Food insecurity and homelessness affect students everywhere, at all types of colleges and universities. Despite federal and state financial aid, 23 percent of undergraduates—an estimated 4 million students nationally—lack the resources to afford adequate food on a regular basis.
Yet in too many places, the best students can hope for is a campus food pantry. The basic needs challenge demands a much more comprehensive and effective approach from higher education leaders and policymakers at all levels, writes anti-poverty scholar and activist Sara Goldrick-Rabb in this essay.