A significant number of college students have food insecurities -- the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food. It is an epidemic at colleges and universities across the country, potentially undermining the educational success of untold thousands of students. The Maricopa Community Colleges are working on multiple ways to address this issue in their own backyard.
The National Report, “Hunger on Campus,” reports:
- 25% of community college students have very low food security
- 65% have some type of housing insecurity
- 55% are not able to buy textbooks
- 50% miss classes
- 25% drop classes
These statistics are alarming and reinforce the serious challenge that food insecurities are for today’s college students. We need to better understand the problem and continue to explore effective solutions. School leaders and policymakers can take a number of steps to help lessen student food insecurity and reduce its threat to educational quality and student success.