Smiling Girls“My family has had to overcome tremendous financial obstacles, as my mom is disabled. It was my grandmother who encouraged me to go to college and it was her last wish, before she passed away.”

The food pantry funds program at Phoenix College (PC) really helps us survive. I wasn’t really eating, because I was letting my mom be the one to eat.  It effected my studies and my grades began to fall. I’m really an A student, so with the help of the food pantry funds program, I was able to get back on track.

I’m studying elementary education. Every day I encourage kids, like the ones at my apartment complex, to continue to go to school. I tell them they don’t have to be in poverty forever.

In the recent report, Still Hungry and Homeless in College (2018), by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, more than a third of college students do not always have enough to eat and they lack stable housing. The 2018 numbers are even higher when broken out to include only community college students. Nationally, 42 percent of community college students indicated they struggled to get adequate food. The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is working diligently to turn the tide on the issue of hunger and food insecurity among its student population.

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is working together with MCCCD to bring the issue of hunger and food insecurity among our student population to the forefront by encouraging our supporters and local businesses to help expand programs and services at each college, so that our students can focus on completing their classwork, versus focusing on where they are going to get their next meal. These efforts are critical to the academic success for many of our students.