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Conversations on Food Justice: Food Insecurity on College Campuses
As college enrollment among low-income and first-generation (nearly 1 in 3 undergraduates) students grow, many students are finding that they aren’t getting the holistic supports they need and are struggling with issues that go far beyond academic achievement. The skyrocketing cost of a college education, coupled with inflation and insufficient student aid packages that often exclude funds for living expenses—are contributing to a rampant hunger crisis on campuses.

A 2019 report by the Government Accountability Office estimates that as many as 30% of college students are food insecure, and many of these students are at risk of dropping out because they cannot eat. While some campuses are working to address the issue, others have been slow to respond to the crisis, and college students are often barred from accessing federal programs like SNAP – which could provide crucial aid to those who are struggling.

In this session, we’ll explore:
• The scale of the problem and how it is embedded in college campuses across the country.
• The complex factors that have contributed to the college hunger crisis and the impact it is having on the student body.
• How barriers like stigma make it more challenging to identify the problem.
• Ways students and communities are organizing to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to keeping students fed and in school.

Immediately following our session, stay for a fireside chat with Elliott Gaskins from Share Our Strength and Katie Workman, chef, author, Share Our Strength Leadership Council member and anti-hunger advocate.

Our Panelists
Anna Bowden, Chair of the Food Pantry Board of Directors, Louisiana State University
Jaime Hansen, Executive Director, Swipe Out Hunger
Radha Muthiah, Chief Executive Officer, Capital Area Food Bank
Jessica Owens-Young, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Studies, American University
Moderated by Johanna Elsemore, Manager, Media & Public Affairs, Share Our Strength | No Kid Hungry

Oct 19, 2022 01:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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