Food insecurity leaves some college students to rely on campus food pantries in St. Louis

Wednesday, September 13, 2023
St. Louis Public Radio

The food pantry at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley is a staple for students like Nyla Coleman. She often grabs a quick snack between classes. With rising food costs, the pantry’s source of groceries has become a source of support. “If you need groceries, if you don't have the money to go to the grocery store, they have everything you need,” Coleman said. “And I think that's really neat, that it's open to everyone because … it just saves a lot of money. It saves a lot of money.” Students like Coleman have increasingly relied on local pantries. There are several possible factors, said Jo Britt-Rankin, administrative director of SNAP-Ed. That includes the expiration this year of relaxed pandemic rules, which allowed 3 million college students who typically wouldn't to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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