Back to School: College Edition: Food Pantries
College students know groceries are another expense & many can not afford this “luxury”.
There are 300 campus food pantries in the US but not enough to feed the students & not enough food options for a balanced variety.
“According to data provided to the Tampa Bay Times, students struggling with food insecurity logged more than 16,000 visits in 2015 to special centers at USF, the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Central Florida.”
As a Speech-Language Pathologist who provides SLP services at this Center to college age students, works with college age volunteers, hires college age employees, I understand the financial challenges they face and have heard and seen it first hand.
To locate a food pantry or learn how you can get involved, contact the College and University Food Bank Alliance, described as “a professional organization consisting of campus-based programs focused on alleviating food insecurity, hunger, and poverty among college and university students in the United States.”
In addition to campus food pantries, there are food banks which students can access in their town/city.
Support a local campus pantry & our students, donate to one near you! All of our “children” deserve to eat healthy meals daily!
Florida Institute of Technology: Contact local food banks/pantry
Full Sail: Contact Student Advising Resource Office
Nova University: Contact local food bank/pantry
We will add to this list as we gain more information.
IF you do not see one for your campus, please search online, ask on campus, or contact the local food banks in your area.
With hunger often comes homelessness. This will be covered in a separate blog post in Back to School, College Edition!
“Together, we MUST make a difference!”