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.
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
St. Louis Public Radio