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Local colleges stepping up to address hunger in college students

Saturday, November 18, 2023
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College students face tuition, housing and transportation costs, and purchasing the food they need to stay healthy and thrive academically can often take a back seat as the bills pile up. With inflation increasing food prices — they rose 3.7% from September 2022 to this September, according to a consumer price index report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics — and the return of prepandemic restrictions for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps, the situation is causing concern in higher education. Kate Adams, the Greater Boston Food Bank’s public policy manager and leader of the MA Hunger Free Campus Campaign, has observed the rising need for food among college students.

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