Stanislaus State sophomore Rayana Plancarte stocks up on essentials she'll need each week at the school's food pantry.
"Sometimes I really don't have enough money to buy groceries," Plancarte, who's on the school's soccer team, said.
She is not alone. A survey by research group Wisconsin Hope Lab reveals 36 percent of college students were food insecure. At Stanislaus State, about one out of every four students downsized meals or skipped them entirely because they didn't have enough money to buy food.
"We have a significant food insecurity problem, as does many other campuses in the CSU and actually across the country," says Suzanne Espinoza, Vice President of Student Affairs at Stanislaus State.
The university received a $105,000 grant from the CSU system in an effort to eliminate hunger.
Currently, the university has a food pantry open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.
It's stocked with can and dry foods.
The university plans to add new shelving and a new refrigerator and freezer to the Student Service Building.
That's where the pantry will be moved to.
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