Food insecurity now a growing concern for America’s college students

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how college students often struggle fulfilling basic needs such as food and shelter while pursuing an education. In 2019, 45% of students in higher education reported experiencing food insecurity in the prior 30 days, including 48% of community college students. That was before the pandemic and the economic disruptions it caused.

In March, EPCC released findings of a student questionnaire that surveyed students about their basic needs during the pandemic. Of the 1,399 students that participated, 39% experienced food insecurity 30 days prior.

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