Enrollment in a college or university and earning that coveted degree are strongly associated with financial security, a bright economic future and upward mobility. However, a recent study conducted by the Food Bank and the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development in partnership with Eden Hall Foundation tells a different story.
Nearly one third of college students in southwestern Pennsylvania struggle with food insecurity – this rate is more than twice the rate of food insecurity among adults throughout the United States.
Education holds the promise of a better future, but that future can be significantly jeopardized and negatively impacted by food insecurity. Students reported food insecurity as a reason that they did not perform to their full academic ability and that a limited food supply affected their mental and physical health.