Some College Students Lack Food and Housing

Studies Looked at Pittsburgh Area Colleges

Joe DeStio
March 12, 2019 - 2:24 pm
 While many college students may have eaten Ramen noodles at one time or another to save money, two new studies of students at colleges and universities in the Pittsburgh area show many without enough food to eat or lacking steady and adequate housing.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – While many college students may have eaten Ramen noodles at one time or another to save money, two new studies of students at colleges and universities in the Pittsburgh area show many without enough food to eat or lacking steady and adequate housing.

“Nearly 30 percent of college students are food insecure,” says Lisa Scales, President and CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank which contributed to The Campus Cupboard Study. “That’s one in three college students in our region compared to one in seven adults.” The University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development co-authored the study. Some 6,000 students from 14 campuses  took the online survey.

A separate study by Point Park University’s Department of Community Engagement and the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education found nearly 20 percent of students reported sleeping in non-traditional housing such as a shelter, couch surfing, transitional or group homes in the last 12 months. Twelve percent reported they lacked a fixed, regular nighttime residence since starting college.

Among their recommendations, the studies advise campus food pantries to publicize their availability and work to avoid any stigma for student users. Universities are also asked to train students, faculty and staff in food and housing issuers and to build networks with local agencies.

The studies were funded by the Eden Hall Foundation.

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