I read an article on the hunger insecurity that happens in community colleges. I got this image of America. The plan is to work hard to go to college, and then being able to support yourself with a job to get a better life is the dream. Both of my parents were immigrants, and they were given the opportunity to be able to provide for a family. We usually associate that when you are able to go to college, then you should be set. I was wrong with the people struggling here with food insecurity. It seems like food now is a luxury to college students. There is that stereotype of being broke college students, but some people really cannot afford to food every day.
It said in the article:
- 52 percent—of the respondents reported marginal to very low food security, while the remaining students reported high security.
- One in five respondents had very low food security, which meant that they had “multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.”
- Twenty-two percent of the respondents indicated that they had cut the size of their meals or skipped meals and were hungry because they didn’t have enough money for food.
I think this part of the article hit me pretty hard this week:
- Hunger has a large impact on learning and college retention. For one, there is the obvious physical problem that an empty stomach makes it hard to learn in class. For another, it may force students to make decisions that interfere with completion. They might work longer hours at their jobs or take long breaks from their studies to earn the money needed to buy dinner, for example. These decisions make it harder for students to get to graduation day in a reasonable timeframe.
There are so many barriers to get through college, and the scarcity of food was low on my thoughts that would stop you from finishing college. Food is such an essential thing to have as a human being that it is important to have that in order to continue with school.
McKenna, L. (2018, February 27). The Gravity of the Hunger Problem on College
Campuses. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/01/the-hidden-hunger-on-college-campuses/424047/