Universities are often thought of as elite institutions of learning, not places rife with hunger where students face routine instances of food insecurity. Yet one organization, Swipe Out Hunger, is tackling the issue head-on.
The New York Times
Many routinely skip meals and take ‘poverty naps’ because they cannot afford groceries. Campus food pantries are helping, but are they enough?
My NBC 5
Every student at the University of Vermont starts out with an unlimited amount of meal swipes. But within a year or two, the majority of students move off campus and get off the meal plan.
The Stanford Daily
Food insecurity is a common thread throughout the graduate student stories highlighted in The Daily, and it affects undergraduates as well. As demonstrated in a recent Government Accountability Office report, campus food insecurity is a pervasive national problem that demands a coordinated response among the federal government, state agencies and universities.
The Washington Post
Though hunger is often framed as a problem happening somewhere else in the world, more than 23 million Americans live in food deserts, generally defined as areas that are more than 1 mile from a grocery store, which can limit their ability to access affordable, nutrient-dense foods.
The Georgetown Voice
While many on campus are able to easily hand over their GOCard to Suru, there are others facing food insecurity who have to think twice. Over the past few months, students have taken the lead on a variety of projects at Georgetown that aim to tackle food insecurity, and they are now looking to expand these programs into the future.
The Columbia Spectator
The Food Pantry at Columbia will begin receiving $5,000 in annual funds through a new partnership between Columbia Dining and the national nonprofit Swipe Out Hunger.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
What keeps colleges from doing more with emergency aid? Money, attitudes, and more.
Why don’t colleges just tap into their own housing programs and meal plans to help students in need?