Posted on 8/7/2017, 3:50:13 PM by Oldeconomybuyer
A new Urban Institute study on food insecurity aims to measure just how many college students go hungry.
And while the figures released by the Urban Institute may be alarming, critics say they are too low, especially when it comes to hunger on campuses throughout California.
Right now, the process of applying for and receiving food can be confusing, students say, and many who got free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch as K-12 students suddenly find themselves struggling to navigate the system in college.
In the last couple of years, the state has made it easier for students to apply for food stamps and for colleges to identify which students might need help, and there is some movement to do the same at the national level. Esteban, the Berkeley student, was able to enroll in CalFresh, the state’s food assistance program, and says he can focus on school now that he no longer worries about where he’s going to find his next meal.
The state recently allocated several million dollars each for the UC, CSU and community college systems to build up their response to the problem of hunger on campus and reach out to students.
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