Being a student is challenging under the best of circumstances, but it is difficult to be a successful learner when there isn't enough to eat or you are worried where the next meal will come from.
Food insecurity, a lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy life, is a real problem facing our students and our community. According to the Wisconsin HOPE study conducted in fall 2016, 64 percent of DCCCD students reported "marginal or worse food security" during the previous 30-day period before they took a survey for the study. Twenty-seven percent of DCCCD students reported very low food security, which reflects "multiple indications of reduced food intake and disrupted eating patterns due to inadequate resources for food."
Cuts in governmental support programs, rising food costs, rising education costs, plus limited job options for individuals attending college all contribute to this crisis. The food banks at campuses throughout the district provide essential support to the community.
DCCCD and the North Texas Food Bank have partnered to help address the issue of food insecurity at our colleges. To accomplish this goal, we're using a 3-layer approach:
A mobile pantry will visit the colleges to provide fresh produce and "Just in Time" options to our students.
SNAP & Social Service Assistance
An on-site coordinator will help provide assistance to our students applying for SNAP, CHIP, TANF, and Medicaid benefits.
On-Site Pantry Support
Our food pantry will provide access to NTFB non-perishable foods.