Local community colleges provide programs for students in need of food

Updated: 03/17/2014 7:01 PM
Created: 03/17/2014 6:54 PM WHEC.com
By: Lia Lando

The cost of college life can be overwhelming. With the cost of a college education up nearly 30 percent in the past five years, some students are having a tough time being able to afford to eat. That's the reason many colleges now have their own food pantries. 

The College and University Food Bank Alliance says that about 50 food banks have popped up on campuses across the country in the last few years. MCC has a program for students who need food. It started several years ago and students have to be referred by a professor, counselor or health services.

Matt Lawson, MCC , said, "We have students on a regular basis that will come and ask for support and this is a great opportunity to get them the food and necessary needs so they can be successful here at the college.”

Finger Lakes Community College also has a food pantry that students can visit twice a semester. St. John Fisher, Nazareth and Roberts Wesleyan and Geneseo say they do not have a college sponsored food bank.

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