ABOUT STUDENT HUNGER

I'm Hungry Plate

THE NEED 
A 2016 study of community college students found that 22% "cut the size of their meals or skipped meals and were hungry because they didn't have enough money for food."

"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." (http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/01/the-hidden-hunger-on-college-campuses/424047/)

A 2016 study of CSU students found 21 to 24 percent of students go hungry. (https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/06/csus-j06.html)

THE RESPONSE
The GCC Food Pantry Task Force was created in July 2016 to understand food insecurity among GCC students, to increase awareness of hunger and poverty issues among the GCC community, and to provide food, hygiene supplies, and poverty alleviation-related information to students in need. In October 2016 the Food Pantry Task Force merged with the existing Food For Thought Program, becoming the GCC Food For Thought Pantry. 

BECAUSE STOMACHS AND MINDS SHOULD NOT BE HUNGRY AT THE SAME TIME.

More About Hunger Among College Students...

Struggling to Survive - Striving to Succeed: Food and Housing Insecurities in the Community College

Report: Hunger on Campus

A Growing Hunger: The "Starving Student Stereotype is Not a Joke"

The Hidden Hunger on College Campuses

Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food & Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates

Hungry, Homeless, and in College