Food insecurity, hunger and homelessness are real issues all around and college campuses are no exception. Contrary to the stereotype, nontraditional students make up over 73% of the student population. This means that today’s typical student is not a recent high school graduate who lives in a dormitory and is supported by his or her parents. In fact, fewer than 1 in 5 students fit the stereotype of having parents who are able to pay all of their college expenses. With the rising cost of college education, more and more students are living on a budget that is close to or at poverty levels, and having to forego having access to food is sadly not uncommon.
The Hillsborough Community College Foundation has partnered with faculty, staff, and HCC leadership to develop a program that will rise to meet this challenge— “Food 2 Finish”. This is a new initiative put in place to offer direct aid and support to any student, faculty, and staff member that is undergoing the hardship of food insecurity. We have opened pantries on 2 of our 5 campuses, as well as providing emergency relief packs and resources to all others. Food 2 Finish aims to not only eliminate barriers and hardships to students’ academic success, but to provide the knowledge and resources to prevent it from happening in the future. Food 2 Finish provides food resources designed to address individual short-term needs and referrals to services which aim to find long-term solutions for those in need. Click here to learn more about Food 2 Finish or click on the button to the left to donate to this effort now!