Campus Food Vouchers
Sometimes, college students experiencing homelessness are forced to choose between paying tuition and buying living essentials. The lack of food is, in many situations a barrier to academic success. Food security is overlooked issue in the college life and but many schools and organizations are working to relieve the stress. Colleges and universities have programs that provide meals and groceries for college students experiencing homelessness.
More resources on campus have become available for students experiencing homelessness over the past few years. A number of schools have food banks and pantries so students can get meals and groceries free of charge. These groups work to recover surplus food and deliver meals to students in need of food in their community. The school cafeterias may also have programs that give out surplus food for those in need.
A few schools have programs that collect unused food vouchers from other students and redistribute them to food insecure students. This prevents the meal swipes from other students from going to waste. Talk to the dining services at your school to find out if your school has a similar program.
If on campus food banks/pantries are not available, sites such as Feeding America and Food Pantries.org can help you locate nearby food banks. You just look up the state and city you live in and it will give you a list of food banks and pantries near you. The community food banks/pantries help provide meals and groceries for students experiencing homelessness or students with food insecurity. If transportation is an issue, organizations like FISH, located in Denver, deliver the food and groceries right to you. You can also find nearby food banks and pantries by asking the dining service department for a list of local food banks or programs that suit your situation.
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