STONY BROOK, N.Y. (March 15, 2014) The cost of a public college education has increased percent in the past five years and that’s forcing some students to choose between eating and learning.
That's why some institutions have established their own food pantries.
The College and University Food Bank Alliance says about 50 member food banks have opened on campuses across the country, most of them in the last few years.
Stony Brook University on Long Island started a food pantry last fall, handing out bags of staples such as pasta, fruit, vegetables, tuna and breakfast bars.
Food bank officials say the profiles of recipients vary from undergraduate students who have opted for cheaper meal plans to those dealing with unexpected hardships to students rearing children while struggling to pay tuition.