I remember going to college in the 80’s and finding it hard to find enough to eat. It is hard to pay for school and find enough money left for essentials. I am finding more students having a hard time just finding enough money to buy food to eat. In this day age it is hard to believe that there is not enough for all Americans to have enough to eat.
When I took my son to college orientation a student fainted in the hallway because she did not have enough to eat. An ambulance was called and she took a ride in it to the hospital because she was so weak from hunger.
Some students going to college are having a hard time finding enough money to pay for tuition let alone a place to live and food to eat. Many college students are working at 2 or more jobs to make money for tuition and other bills. Does that leave any time for a college student to study? How can our college students find time for their college responsibilities if they are always looking for ways to get essential items for life?
Many suggest that college students take out student loans to pay for their tuition and the things they need for college. This may make life easier as the student goes to college but what about when the student graduates from college. What if the college student can not find a job and the student loans come due. That is a nightmare for many students and one way they are dealing with it is they continue to go to college so they do not have to pay back their student loans. It can be a nightmare of a cycle.
A college student who is hungry can not concentrate fully on their college work and studys. How can they do well in school when they are worried about when they will get their next meal?
In 2007 there was only 1 food bank for college students to go to for something to eat. This is now a growing trend since in 2014 there are now 121 food banks for college students. At least something is being done to help.
Students should not be ashamed to visit a food bank to get something to eat. If you would like to read more about hunger and college students you can go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/more-college-students-battle-hunger-as-education-and-living-costs-rise/2014/04/09/60208db6-bb63-11e3-9a05-c739f29ccb08_story.html.