Food vs Textbooks: Why Choose? (More than 50% do)

Nearly 55% of students are forced to choose between paying for textbooks or buying groceries: here’s how to help.

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Launched in February 2017 after three years of development, students saw a need and helped create an opportunity to address it.

Located on Campus Corner, the OU Food Pantry is open to students, faculty, and staff that have need.

Please consider a donation to help keep the pantry in operation: https://thousandsstrong.ou.edu/project/5900. They are running a campaign through April 21st to raise funds to help combat hunger insecurity at the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus.

Here’s the need, as expressed by the pantry:

“Many of our students struggle to pay for costs associated with attending college. With the rising cost of living, paying for books, tuition, etc., the OU Food Pantry is necessary to ensure the OU Community has the assistance they need to end food insecurity.
Nearly 55% of students are forced to choose between purchasing a textbook or buying groceries. Almost 53% of students reported they had to miss a class due to hunger. 25% of students have reported they have dropped a class due to food insecurities. More than 56% of food insecure students are working while in college.
Our goal is to eliminate food insecurities and provide educational resources to members of the University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Community who are in need. Please donate and help an OU student, faculty or staff member in need. We could help others without your help!”

US News reported on research into this growing issue. Look at this key takeaway (emphasis mine):

71 percent of the students said that they changed their food shopping or eating habits due to a lack of funds. We then asked students if they were getting enough to eat. Twenty-seven percent of students said they did not have enough money to buy food; they ate less than they felt they should; or they cut the size of their meals because of money.”

Please consider donating, even $5 can make a difference: https://thousandsstrong.ou.edu/project/5900.

(Author’s note: I am not affiliated with the food pantry. I saw their campaign and believed it was worth sharing, I hope you’ll agree).