Students Without Food
from Inside Higher Ed
Some community college students have struggled with access to food — a previously documented trend that has now been quantified on a national scale in a new report released Tuesday. The issue of food insecurity — defined as reduced quality of diet and access to nutrition — has slowly surfaced as a more prominent national health concern and prompted some legislative debate, both in the states and federally. This is the first study that attempts to capture the national scope of the problem on college campuses. The new study finds that 13 percent of students at community colleges experienced food insecurity in 2015. That figure is far below the estimate in a much-discussed study released in March, but researchers say that the 13 percent figure should be cause for alarm.
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