Over One-Third of US Students Don’t Have Enough to Eat
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    Conducted by researchers at Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE
    Lab, the report assessed data from 46,000 students at universities and
    community colleges and found worrying evidence that around a quarter of
    students were so food insecure that they felt forced to skip meals or
    cut the size of their portions, leading to poor nutrition and even
    weight loss.To get more universities news, you can visit shine news official website.


    The results showed the problem tends to be more severe among community
    college students, with 42 percent indicating they struggled to get
    adequate food, and nine percent indicating they’d gone at least one full
    day without eating in the last month because of poor finances. For
    four-year university students, the figure was six percent. The report
    also found that 46 percent of community college students and 36 percent
    of university students are housing insecure, which means they could be
    dealing with a large range of housing issues – such as struggling to pay
    bills, being at risk of eviction, frequently moving homes, or being
    homeless.

    Shockingly, nine percent of university students and 12
    percent of community college students reported being homeless at some
    point in the last year, with three percent of students saying they’ve
    slept in an abandoned building, car or elsewhere during their studies.
    21 percent of these homeless students felt unsafe where they live. It’s
    clear that both food and housing insecurities can have serious,
    detrimental effects on studies as well as health and well-being, with
    Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of higher-education policy at Temple
    University and the lead author of the report, telling NPR: "It really
    undermines their ability to do well in school. Their grades suffer,
    their test scores appear to be lower, and overall, their chances of
    graduating are slimmer. They can barely escape their conditions of
    poverty long enough to complete their degrees.

    "It’s no secret
    that living costs and tuition fees in the US are high - according to the
    latest figures from College Board, students at community colleges (the
    most affordable option for higher education) will spend an average of
    $11,970 on tuition fees, room and board each year. While the results of
    this survey cannot reflect all students, similar studies show a clear
    pattern. For example, 40 percent of students in the University of
    California system have reported being food insecure. The researchers
    point out that hunger at university isn’t a new issue, but appears to be
    “systemic” and getting worse, with increasing college costs and
    inadequate financial aid packages blamed for the problem.


    Competition for part-time jobs is also high, making it more difficult
    for students to self-fund. And while more lower-income students are
    attending university thanks to needs-based scholarships and grants, it’s
    clear that this financial aid is often simply not enough to make ends
    meet for many students. Researchers also point out the importance of
    universities recognizing and responding to the problems of hunger and
    homelessness faced by their students, particularly as students who face
    these issues seem to show a great deal of resilience and work just as
    hard as their peers. Goldrick-Rab says: “The level of academic effort —
    in and outside the classroom — is the same regardless of whether or not
    students are dealing with food and housing insecurity. It’s therefore
    critically important to match their commitments with supports to ensure
    degree completion.”

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