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Battling Student Hunger

from Inside Higher Ed

From Dec. 1: A door in the basement of George Washington University's newest residence hall, still smelling of paint, is unremarkable. It has no sign. Inside, it's packed with food. Shelves are stocked with instant oatmeal, boxes of polenta, plastic bags of pasta, salt and pepper. Dairy and produce fill three refrigerators. A cardboard cutout of a hippo, the unofficial mascot of GW, greets visitors near the door: "Welcome to The Store!" it says in a thought bubble. This isn't technically a store, though, because students don't have to pay for these items. It's a food pantry for hungry students, and it's one of 395 member food banks of the College and University Food Bank Alliance. Four years ago, when the organization began, it only had 15 members. The group got a significant jump in membership this time last year, when it hit 300 members. more


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