As students return to school for the 2019 spring semester, it is important to continue to bring awareness to the growing impacts of food insecurity on college campuses. With awareness comes power because it means that colleges and universities can begin to address the issues of food insecurity among students and find solutions. The United States Accountability Office released a report on Wednesday, January 9th called “Food Insecurity: Better Information Could Help Eligible College Students Access Federal Food Assistance Benefits” that sheds some light on the demographics of students struggling with hunger in college and the effects of food insecurity on those students. This comprehensive report is a must read for individuals in a position within universities to create positive change and provide more assistance and resources for students in need. An article featured on insidehighered.com called “Federal Report Agrees Some Low-Income College Students Are Going Hungry” is also a great source for those wanting to learn more about the data behind college students and food insecurity, and the article does a good job of summarizing the United States Accountability Office’s report. Throughout the 2019 spring semester, the SHOP Food Pantry looks forward to the strides we will make both as an organization and in partnership with the Iowa State University community towards combating food insecurity!
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