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Food & Housing

60% of college students experience food insecurity, housing insecurity, or homelessness every year. 

A survey of nearly 200,000 students taken in 2020 by The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice found that homelessness affected 14% of college students in both two-year and four-year institutions. The number who said they had experienced housing insecurity, such as difficulty paying rent, was much higher, at 52%, among those attending two-year schools, and at 43% for those enrolled in four-year institutions.


Soledad O’Brien’s documentary Hungry to Learn is a critical investigation into the hunger epidemic on college campuses. Given the current health and economic crisis, there’s never been a more important time. Thanks to Yahoo, the documentary is now available to stream for free.

study from the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and Temple University’s College of Education has discovered five trends.​ 

EGD's Support Service Coordinators

help students with:

Filing FAFSA | Financial Aid | Job Loss & Emergency Job Hunting | Locating Pantries, Soup Kitchens, or Discounts | Locating Emergency Housing | Applying for Unemployment Insurance, SNAP, or Other Government Services | Applying for Loans and Paying Collection Agencies


A higher proportion of college students are from households with incomes at or below the poverty line than were in the past.


The purchasing power of the Pell grant, a federal grant for lower-income students, has fallen over time.


There is less money to spend on student support programs. States have cut $9 billion from higher education in the last 10 years alone. 


College is more expensive now than in the past.


​Coupled with rising college prices, students must work nearly full-time to afford full-time community college .

In addition, all of our IRL major events serve food free of charge. 

Students are also able to store items at our office in case of emergency eviction or relocation. 

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