Campus Food Pantries: Insights from a National Survey

Food insecurity is widespread on American college campuses. Students do not have enough food to feed themselves and sometimes their families as well. We created the College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) to provide support, training, and resources to campus-based food banks/pantries and other food-insecurity initiatives that primarily serve students. This report demonstrates that …

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Basic Needs Insecurity in Massachusetts Public Colleges and Universities

In fall 2017, researchers from Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducted a large-scale survey to better understand basic needs insecurity among college students at both community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. The effort built on a similar survey of 70 community colleges during the 2016–2017 academic year. In …

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Still Hungry and Homeless in College

Since 2008, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab (now the Hope Center) has examined food and housing insecurity among the nation’s undergraduates. We initially focused on Wisconsin, assessing prevalence of basic needs challenges in two samples of students—a cohort of Pell Grant recipients entering the state’s 42 public colleges and universities in fall 2008, and a cohort …

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Supporting Community College Completion with a Culture of Caring: A Case Study of Amarillo College

This report is an in-depth case study of the No Excuses Poverty Initiative at Amarillo College (AC), a midsize community college in the Texas Panhandle. Nearly a decade ago, AC’s leadership initiated a reflective and intentional series of steps to help alleviate the conditions of poverty affecting their students and promote the chances those students …

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Addressing Basic Needs Security in Higher Education

There is a new economics of college in America. At a time when more people than ever before are turning to college in search of a decent life marked by economic stability, college completion rates in the United States are stagnant. This is especially true at the public colleges and universities where most students enroll. …

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