Food Insecurity on Community College Campuses
Chesapeake College continually works to remove any barriers to the academic and personal success of our students, so they can focus on achieving their educational goals. One such barrier that has become increasingly prevalent across college campuses, like Chesapeake, in recent years is “food insecurity.”
A recent HOPE Lab study of community college students found that 67% are food insecure, with 33% experiencing the lowest levels of food security. And that is despite working and receiving financial aid while in school.
Access to food is one of the most basic needs a person has, but, as statistics on food insecurity show, community college students must often make difficult choices when it comes to food. Do they buy food or spend the last dollars in their bank account on gas to get campus for class?
What is the Corner of Care?
The Corner of Care is Chesapeake College’s effort to remove food insecurity as a barrier to our students’ educational success. An inconspicuous pantry stocked with pre-packaged, non-perishable food items as well as personal care and hygiene items, the Corner of Care is an anonymous, easily accessible resource for our food insecure students.
How can you help fill the Corner of Care?
Cash donations enable college staff to restock the Corner of Care as needed and ensures that the Corner of Care shelves are never bare. Your gift can go a long way…
· $5 could provide a prepackaged tuna salad lunch to 5 students so they can focus in their afternoon classes
· $10 could provide one instant oatmeal pack or a breakfast bar to 48 students who need a morning kick-start
· $20 could provide a microwavable macaroni and cheese with a fruit cup to 20 students who would otherwise go home without dinner
· $50 could provide one hungry student with a week’s worth of meals
· $500 could stock the Corner of Care for a whole month benefitting countless students