Nearly 1/3 Of College Students Don't Know Where Next Meal Will Come

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank says 8 area colleges now have food pantries

Joe DeStio
August 21, 2019 - 1:17 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A recent survey by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food bank shows 29 percent of students at 14 local colleges and universities aren't sure where their next meal is coming from.

The food bank's Charlese McKinney says it has an impact.

“You’re worrying about how you’re going to eat and how you’re going to be able to fuel your body so that you are prepared to take your exams and write your papers and all of the other things that come with college life,” said McKinney.

CCAC South was the first local school to open a campus cupboard. Eight schools now have pantries including Pitt, CMU and Point Park.

McKinney says the pantry at Point Park is hi-tech.

“Their students are able to place orders electronically and then those orders are put together and they receive a text message to let them know their order is ready,” said McKinney

She says food insecurity among college students is more than twice the rate for U.S. adults.

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