Statistics say 1 in 3 college students are facing food insecurity and are having trouble searching for the next meal. But colleges and universities are finding creative ways to make sure students who can't afford meal plans are able to have 3 full meals each day.
UL-Lafayette has created a campus cupboard for all students to provide temporary food needs.
Trey Delcambre is a graduate student at UL-Lafayette and works in the campus cupboard. He says it's avaliable to everyone... not just those struggling financially.
Delcambre says "maybe they are graduate students who are pressed for time and don't have enough resources or energy throughout the week to go shopping and prepare meals"
Delcambre says he often sees students skipping meals to save money.
Delcambre says "I remember those days of working part time jobs late night jobs in the restaurant industry and knowing that yes sometimes it was a situation where be it skipping a meal to save money"
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way students access food at the campus cupboard however they will still be given essentials through grab and go bags. One graduate student at UL-Lafayette says all college students should be given food stamps with or without a job.
Franklin says "If you're a college student a full time one at that it's harder for you to maintain a full-time job and be a full-time student at the same time so i feel as though just being a full-time student should be enough"
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