Hunger on Campus

| By Abe Rexrode, WCCC Alumni |

While I was a student at WCCC I was going through some tough times financially. Though I was receiving some aid from the government, my food stamps were cut from around $100 a month to just $16. There were a lot of times when I went without food because there was no way to make that $16 stretch for the entire month.

Without help, I could barely afford even Ramen or PB & J. Sometimes I had to pick between buying a textbook or buying groceries. There were nights when I went to bed early instead of staying up studying because it was easier to ignore being hungry when I was asleep. It was hard to focus in class sometimes, either because I was hungry or because I was worrying about where my next meal was going to come from. My grades and my health, both physically and mentally, suffered because of my food insecurity.

One semester, a group of the faculty got together and bought me a bunch of groceries. Because of their kindness, I didn’t have to worry for a few weeks. It wasn’t much, just a few bags of basic essentials, but it was the only time that year that my fridge had more than condiments in it. Not only did they give me food to keep me going while I worked to finish my degree at WCCC, but knowing that I had one less thing to worry about gave me the peace of mind to be able to focus on more than survival.

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