Imagine choosing between buying food and paying your college enrollment deposit. This is a reality for many college students as food insecurity remains a widespread but rarely discussed issue on college campuses.
Two College Possible Milwaukee student alumni, now serving as College Possible coaches, were interviewed by Milwaukee Public Radio, WUWM, on the challenges of accessing food in college.
As a student at Milwaukee School of Languages, Ashley was active in sports, as well as College Possible. During high school, her meals were provided through the free and reduced lunch program.
When she got to college, Ashley had to learn to be strategic to make her meal plan last through the whole semester to ensure she had enough to eat. After a tough semester of balancing meals, school and extra-curricular activities, she had to get creative.
Like Ashley, Shara was a College Possible student and had access to the free and reduced lunch program at her high school, St. Joan Antida. As a college student at Cardinal Stritch University, Shara was just as concerned about her next meal as she was about her studies.
Now, Shara supports other College Possible students going through the same challenges she faced in college. She helps connect them to resources like campus food banks and works with them on budgeting for meals.