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U.S. Launches Food Pantries in Colleges to Help Low Income Students

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Published on : Apr 08, 2015

Food pantries is a unique concept allowing students from low-income group to stock up on basic supplies such as groceries, cereals, and vegetables. Found to be very useful for the students, U.S. Government is now looking forward to boost the number of food pantries across leading colleges in the country. 

Sierra Henderson studying at the University of California said, last year for several months she used to stop by the tiny basement room between her classes in the University, to stock free cereals, canned vegetables, and pasta. 

The 21 year old, pursuing food science major said that, she might have had to think on taking some time off her school schedules to suffice a full day work. 

More than 200 colleges in the United States, which are in most case public institutions, operate pantries, and with flexible government policies, many more such pantries are on the way, even as economy is recovering from the global meltdown.

According to College Board, the tuitions in the U.S. soared by 25% in public institutions since 2007. In addition, the cost of housing, transportation, and books have also risen significantly in the last couple of years. These are recognized as the most crucial factors driving the trend of setting up pantries across universities. 

Furthermore, a considerable rise in the number of students belonging from low-income family attending college in noted, which in turn has created an environment conducive to the growth of the trend. According to reports every tenth student pursuing undergraduate courses in the UC system, such as UCLA and UC Berkeley belongs to a family with annual income of US$50,000 or less. 

Moreover, the stigma attached to getting free food has also considerably reduced among students; instead they are viewing the step taken by the U.S. government in favor of ensuring reliable access to food in sufficient quantities. 

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