ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB/LSUA) - Students at LSUA who are in need of food now have a special place on campus.
LSUA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday to officially open the university’s new student food pantry. The school joins a long list of other universities in providing food basics for students in need by officially opening the Generals Galley or food pantry.
According to a 2016 Hunger on Campus report, nearly half of America’s college students experience food insecurity – the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food. The report cites the reason is because today’s typical student is not a high school graduate who lives in a dorm and is supported by family. Roughly 73 percent of today’s college students are not financially independent, attend part-time, are employed full-time, must provide for dependents, are a single parent, or do not have a high school diploma. Given these challenges, many students find it difficult to support themselves while also paying for college. As a result, LSUA is joining more than 500 colleges across the country, and four in Louisiana, in offering an on-campus food pantry.