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Addressing Food Insecurity Among College Students

Thursday June 29, 2023

MWCares joins forces with Tarrant Area Food Bank and community leaders to support campus food pantries

Food insecurity is a pervasive issue that affects individuals from various backgrounds, and college students are no exception. With the rising cost of education and living expenses, a significant number of college students face the challenge of accessing regular, nutritious meals. However, in recent years, an innovative solution has emerged on campuses across the country: college food pantries. These campus resources aim to combat food insecurity and support students’ well-being and academic success. 

Research has shown that a staggering 30% to 50% of college students in the United States experience food insecurity at some point during their academic journey. These statistics shed light on the harsh reality that many students face daily: the lack of reliable access to sufficient and nutritious food. The consequences of food insecurity extend beyond the dining table, impacting students’ academic performance, mental health, and overall well-being.

Recognizing the urgent need to support students facing food insecurity, colleges and universities utilize these  pantries serving as resources to provide free or low-cost food and other essential items to students in need. College food pantries offer a range of food options, including fresh produce, canned goods, grains, and non-perishable items. By creating a supportive environment and welcoming environment, these pantries aim to remove barriers that may prevent students from seeking the support they need.

Collaborations with local businesses, organizations, and community members for donations and support are critical to expand the resources available to students and create a broader network of support. By working together, campuses and communities can create sustainable solutions where all college students have the opportunity to focus on their education  without the burden of hunger, empowering students to thrive.

As this is an issue that aligns well with our mission, in the second semester of  2023 the MWCares Foundation has committed to partnering with the Tarrant Area Food Bank and other local groups and individuals to assist a university here in North Texas.  If you are interested in being part of this initiative or to learn more about ways to join us in making a positive impact in our community, please contact Pamela Wills-Ward at pwward@mwcaresfoundation.org