Many students don’t have enough to eat
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Caleb Torres lost seven pounds his freshman year of college and not because he didn’t like the food in the dining hall. A first generation college student, barely covering tuition, canada goose Torres ran out of grocery money halfway uk canada goose through the year and began skipping meals as uk canada goose outlet a result.
He’d stretch a can of SpaghettiOs over an entire day. Or he’d scout George Washington University campus for events that promised free lunch or snacks. Torres told no one what he was going through, least of all related website canada goose uk outlet his single mom.
“She had enough things to worry about,” he said.
Now a senior and living off campus, in a housing situation that supplies most of his meals,Torres isfinally talking about his experience with the hunger problem on America’s college campuses: a quiet, insidious epidemic that researchers say threatens canada goose uk black friday millions of students Canada Goose Jackets every year.
According to a first of its kind survey released Tuesday by researchers at canada goose coats on sale Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, 36 percent of students at 66 surveyed collegesand universitiesdo not get enough to eat, canada goose clearance and a canada goose coats similar number lack a secure place to live.
The report, which is the first to includestudents from two year, four year, private and public universities, including GWU, found that cheap canada goose uk nearly 1 in 10 community college students have gone a whole day without eating in the past month.
Researchers blameballooning college costs, inadequate aid packages and growing enrollment among low income students as well as some colleges’ unwillingness to Canada Goose Parka admit they have a hunger problem. College hunger is not a new issue, researcherscaution. But it appears to be growing worse, and not merely because college is getting more expensive. “But the rising price canada goose store is just a piece. This is a systemic problem.”
Goldrick Rab’sreport is based on data from 43,000 students at 66 schools and used the Department of Agriculture’s assessment for measuring hunger. That means the thousands of students it classifies as having “low food security” aren’t merely avoiding the dining hall or saving lunch money for beer: They’re skipping meals, or eating smaller meals, because they don’t have enough money for food.
On top of that, the report found, 46 percent of community college students and 36 percent of university students struggle to pay for housing and utilities. In the past year, 12 percent of community college students and 9 percent of university students have slept in shelters or in places not intended as housing, or did not know from one day to the next where they would sleep.
Measuring college hunger and homelessness is difficult. Researchers depend on universities to distribute the buy canada goose jacket surveys and on a self selecting group of students to fill them out.
Goldrick Rab says those constraints make it likely that college hunger is actually more prevalent than her data show. There may also be more variability between different areas of the country or different types of institutions, though several education policy analysts not involved with the survey said they believe this is the best national estimate available.
The numbers align with other recent surveys on the issue. The University of California has found that 40 percent canada goose clearance sale of its students suffer food insecurity. At four state canadian goose jacket universities in Illinois, that number is 35 percent.
“Not a single university administrator wanted to acknowledge this was an issue five years ago,” said Rachel Sumekh, the chief executive of Swipe Out Hunger, a Los Angeles based nonprofit. “But canada goose black friday sale the numbers are amazing. It helps us make the case to universities that they need to do something canada goose factory sale about this.”
Experts say the factors underlying campus hunger are complex. More low income students are enrolling in college, thanks to expanded needs based scholarship and grant programs, a move away from standardized test scores as part of the application process, and other initiatives designed to recruit more diverse students.
But once they get on campus, low income students often find that the patchwork of grants and scholarships they’ve assembled are not enough to cover all of their expenses.
“There Canada Goose Coats On Sale has been an uptick in low income students on campus, but there hasn’t been a corresponding change in university policy to welcome and prepare for these students,” said Anthony Abraham Jack, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
In the 2013 2014 academic year, room and board for the average undergraduate totaled $9,929, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, a 50 percent increase over 20 years prior.
Those figures are higher for private and four year colleges. And they don’t include incidental expenses, from printing and laundry Canada Goose sale fees to nightly room charges assessed against students who can’t leave for spring break or summer vacation.
“We know for some students, even one small financial problem can throw them off course,” said Tim Miller, the associate dean of students in the Division of Student Affairs at George Washington, where Torres is a senior. “That is serious. We want to help students overcome those issues.”
With of more than $53,000, and a brand new food court hawking poke bowls and yogurt topped with rose petals, GWU does not outwardly look like a place where students encounter hunger.
But mixed in among the Canada Goose clad undergrads are students such as Torres and Emma Montero, a sophomore, who are struggling. Montero works three jobs, including a federal work study gig designed to help low income students cover expenses, but neither her wages nor a series of grants, scholarships and low interest loans havemade ends meet, she said.
“I’m not going hungry per se, but there are days I’m just not going to eat,” she said. “Today, I am kind of hesitant to buy food, because I have less than $100 and buy canada goose jacket cheap I need to do laundry. Do I want to do my laundry or do I want to eat today? That is Canada Goose online the kind of question I’m Canada Goose Outlet dealing with.”
To alleviate these issues, GW openeda food pantryin 2016, stocked with canned goods, produce and day old bagels, tucked behind an unmarked door in the same food court where students flock for poke. Hundreds of schools have recently launched these sorts of pantries: Membership in the College and University Food Bank Alliancehas swelled from 15 in 2012to more than 600 today.
Colleges are taking other steps as well. Some have altered their dining plans to cover more meals or to offer more low cost options, or have begun distributing free dining hall vouchers to students who need cheap Canada Goose them. Others have partnered with nonprofitsto redistribute unused meals to hungry students.
Michigan State University, the first school to establish an on campus pantry, canada goose uk shop has begun canadagoosejacketsaleca screening students for food insecurity during routine visits to its campus Canada Goose Online health center. In New York, St. John’s University has started advertising an emergency fund that disburses small, one time grants to students with unexpected expenses.