André Williams According to recent projections, one out of six children in the United States may experience food insecurity this year. And we shouldn’t assume that their battle against hunger ends when they step on a college campus. In fact, it gets tougher. It’s been estimated that up to 59% of students experience food insecurity during their college career—a jarring fact that has real implications.
To make matters worse, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem. Studies show that food insecure students are less likely to earn A’s and more likely to be delayed in earning their degrees. These studies also highlight that Black and brown students are far more likely to experience food insecurity than white students—meaning food insecurity works to widen the educational gap in America. Fortunately, a new scholarship awarded by Sodexo will help Black male students fight hunger and provide the extra suppor they need to excel in classrooms throughout the University of Louisiana (UL) System.
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