When your body is hungry it's not just your stomach that hurts Food Insecurity is a lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food and is common at colleges and universities across the country, potentially undermining the educational success of untold thousands of students.

  • In a 2016 report, of students surveyed, 48% of community college participants recorded experiencing some degree of food insecurity in the past 30 days (Hunger on Campus, 2016).
  • As tuition and textbooks reach record high costs, groceries take a backseat to school expenses. Half of students who report food insecurity fall into a severe category where finding food is a daily struggle.
Those suffering from hunger and chronic malnutrition are 2.5 times more likely to be obese and 3 times more likely to have chronic health problems like type II diabetes. When we go hungry we are at a greater risk of mental and behavioral health issues--especially anxiety and depression.
  • Teens who suffer from insufficient food and hunger are five times more vulnerable to suicide.
  • Children who are hungry are four times more likely to need professional mental health counseling.
  • Our ability to concentrate in class and maintain passing grades through the semester is greatly impacting by hunger and adequate nutrition.

Beyond realizing how many fellow students are struggling with grocery bills, you may not know that NOVA Manassas has an on-campus food pantry. Our campus food pantry is filled with free goodies and available to all students and their families who need help.

Contact: Marcie Schreibman . Ph 703-530-3057 . Email mschreibman@nvcc.edu .

This message is sent on behalf of the Psychology Club #MAPsychClub

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