A new federal report revealed something that we don't often think about - college students choosing between a book or a meal.
The Government Accountability Office estimates about 30 percent of college students are what they call “food insecure.” The report found some kids are in danger of dropping out because of this.
A program at Shoreline Community College is changing the game for college students in need. In 2014 the college established a food pantry.
Dr. Marisa Herrera, vice president for students, equity, and success at Shoreline Community College, said the food pantry started as a small, modest resource for students. The demand has grown over the past years and with the help of staff members and the community, the food pantry has grown to be a large space.
“Students can come in and not just shop for groceries and get some of the basic food needs met, but also we have benefits HUB staff from the United Way, and that’s been a great partnership,” Dr. Herrera said.
People can donate to the food pantry by visiting Shoreline Community College. There are also other food pantries at community colleges across the state people can give to, Dr. Herrera said.
StartNextQuarter.org is one resource Dr. Herrera said students who are looking to see what type of free aid could get them to college could use.