Colorado Northwestern Community College food pantry curbs hunger on campus – Colorado News

Colorado Northwestern Community College food pantry curbs hunger on campus – Colorado News

College students face many challenges, but getting enough to eat doesn’t have to be one of them.

CNCC’s Student Pantry has offered free food to college students for the past two years.

“It’s a program that grew organically because we needed it and we have people who have cared,” said Director of Student Support Jennifer Holloway.

Students who forgot to bring a lunch or are short of funds may seek help directly from Holloway or from the Student Government Offices or by speaking to someone at the front desk at the CNCC Academic Building, 2801 W 9th St., Craig.

The College and University Food Bank Alliance, the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, the Student Government Resource Center, and the Student Public Interest Research Groups surveyed college students in 2016 to better understand hunger on campus.

The study found:

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• Food insecurity was reported by 48 percent of students. About half of those qualified as going hungry.

• Food insecurity occurs at both two-year and four-year institutions.

• Food insecurity is a problem even for students who are employed, participate in a campus meal plan, or seek other financial or material help.

• Students experiencing food insecurity often also suffer from housing insecurity, such as difficulty paying the rent, mortgage, or utility bills.

• Housing insecurity is greatest at community colleges.

• Students reported that problems securing food or housing resulted in missed classes, dropped classes and prevented them from buying textbooks.

“It all goes along with the cost of education,” said Moffat County College Board Member Lois Wymore. ” Most of our students, whether they…

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