Hunger Games: 1 in 3 US Students Are Food Insecure Because of High Tuition Cost

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It’s a well-known fact that the cost of college education has dramatically increased since 1980. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2014-2015 the average tuition cost was $9,000 and $26,000 for public and private institutions, respectively. However, few of us have expected the meal plans would become unaffordable for many students across the US!

The shocking research held by The Hechinger Report has revealed that college students nationwide can hardly access affordable food, while many have admitted skipping meals or worrying about where to get the next one. For a three-meal-a-day dining contract US colleges charge $18.75/day, or $4,500. This rate is higher than the average of $11/day, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics per a single US citizen.

Another research released by The Wisconsin HOPE Lab, has demonstrated horrific results. Out of 43,000 student respondents living 20 US states and Washington, DC, 36% of university students and 42% of community college students admitted being food insecure in the 30 days before the survey.

Food Insecurity: How Is Academic Performance Affected?

Obviously, food insecurity has negative effect on academic performance. According to the research conducted at Temple University, low-income students make the most vulnerable group. Not only do their test scores suffer, but also their chances of graduating are slimmer compared to their well-off counterparts.

In the light of dropping academic performance, colleges are trying to help disadvantaged students. The College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) has been created through joint effort of the Michigan State Student Food Bank and the Oregon State University Food Pantry.

A total of 613 colleges and universities are listed as CUFBA members. The main focus of the organization is lessening food insecurity as well as fighting hunger and poverty among the

US college and university students. Food pantries and banks are organized on campuses to support students suffering from hunger.

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