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Food insecurity is a growing obstacle for college students

Food pantry sign
Image Credit: CC BY 2.0: Flickr: Steven Depolo

A third of UWT students meet the federal definition of food insecurity, meaning they sometimes face uncertainty about where their meals will come from, according to a survey performed several years ago by Stevens. About 15 percent were “housing insecure,” meaning they sometimes had to “couch surf” with friends or relatives. Eight percent were homeless. UWT’s food insecurity numbers are in line with national figures. A survey of students across 66 colleges and universities last year showed more than a third dealt with food insecurity. To learn more about some of the work being done on housing and food insecurity at the University of Washington, including a new survey across our student body being analyzed this year, check out our Homelessness Research Initiative.

 

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Originally posted on Knkx by Will James
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