Swoop's will soon be gearing up for the annual distribution of Thanksgiving and Holiday Baskets! Look for details in the November Newsletter!
Students are officially back on campus for in-person classes!! See the current wish list items below to donate and help fill the shelves:
The pantry is also in need of:
  • Grocery bags of all kinds (plastic, paper & reusable)
  • Can openers!

Five reasons students on college campuses are struggling to afford food

1. Rising tuition costs. College is more expensive than ever. Adjusted for inflation, the cost of college increased by more than 25% in the last 10 years. Even though most students are working part-time or full-time jobs while in school, tuition and room & board have become too expensive for many students to pay for on their own.  

2. College meal plans are expensiveThe average college meal plan costs about $4,500 per year or $18.75 per day for a three-meal-a-day plan that covers the eight months or so of a typical academic year. Many colleges require students to have a meal plan if they plan to live on campus. That’s a lot to pay for when your financial resources are limited.

3. Even when you have a meal plan, food isn’t always available. When dining halls close, low-income students often struggle to find affordable food. According to a study from Harvard, many students can’t afford to go home or take the time off work during school breaks when the majority of college dining halls close. And college campuses often don’t have affordable options for groceries nearby, especially if students don’t have their own car. 

4. The “traditional” college student is changing. Over the years, the proportion of “non-traditional” college students to “traditional” students has grown. This includes students who are financially independent, enrolled part-time in school while working full-time, or did not receive a traditional high school diploma. Students aren’t starting college right after high school, with the average age of college students being 26, who go back to school to brighten their family's future but needed some help from a college food pantry. 

This changing face of the average college student brings new challenges. 1 in 5 students is caring for a child and many as single parents. Between rising tuition costs, parenting, and working full-time, making ends meet can be tough. 

5. Colleges don’t know students are going hungry. Even though so many students struggle, many college administrators think of hunger on campus as an uncommon exception. Because low-income students often can’t afford meal plans (which on average run $4,500 per year,) administrators are mostly exposed to students who can afford to eat on campus. 

Donate Using Swoop's Amazon Wishlist!

Swoop's would like to highlight a convenient way to help students: Donating through the Amazon Wishlist! Follow this link to see a current list of what the pantry is in need of.
To make a monetary gift online visit our EMU Foundation Website

Visit our Amazon Wishlist to have items shipped directly to the pantry! 

Fall 2021 Hours:
Monday 10:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 12:00-6:30pm
Thursday 12:00-5:00pm
Friday 12:00-5:00pm

Located in the John and Angie Sabo
Swoop's Food Pantry Room 
104 Pierce Hall

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