It is hard to succeed in college. If you are hungry, then it is even harder to succeed. It is estimated that 50 percent of students at community colleges do not have access to affordable and healthy foods.
Campus hunger is one of the things that stops people from finishing college. Food scholarships can help solve this problem. Many elected officials are doing their part to help hungry college students. Governor Jerry Brown stated that he will be setting a $7.5 million budget in order to have hunger-free campuses.
Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a law in January that required the City University of New York and State University of New York to have food pantries. He stated that this will end the stigma associated with not having enough food. Students are free to get the healthy food that they need.
There are several reasons that students struggle with food insecurity in college. Many students come from single parent homes. Other students have parents that no longer financially support them.
Ashley Elliot is a struggling college student. Both of her parents died, so she was forced to support herself. She has a 3.5 GPA and is determined to not let her financial situation stop her from graduating.
There have been studies done to prove that food scholarships help people. A survey done at Houston Community College showed that 80 percent of students who received food scholarships did well in the classroom. The Houston Food Bank Food For Change Program plans to donate 60 pounds of food to hungry college students.
Most college students receive financial aid. However, most of this financial aid goes towards tuition and fees. That is why many college students have a hard time making ends meet.