Why is there a growing hunger problem on university campuses?

Usually only the privileged (or those with plenty of loans and financial aid) get to attend an institution of higher education. College students describe themselves as poor, but there seems to be a new phenomenon of food insecurity, inadequate nutrition, and hunger across universities that probably contributes to overall student success and lower college graduation rates. Feeding America reports 10 percent of their 46.5 million clients are college students and 31 percent of those students say they’ve had to choose between paying for education or sacrificing on nutritional food. This is a national crisis and needs to be immediately addressed. Simple solution: the K-12 national school lunch program (which dates back to 1946) and SNAP programs must be extended to all enrolled students pursing their education. It is not a matter of making a case for the need, but a mater of political will.

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