Food insecurity among college students has become a public health concern. Out of 43,000 students at 66 surveyed colleges and universities, 36% percent of students do not get enough to eat, reported Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. The University of California has found that a whopping 40% of its students do not eat enough, and at four state universities in Illinois, the figure is 35%. These students are classified as "low food security," as they are they're skipping meals, or eating small meals because they don't have enough money for food.
What are academic libraries doing to help this food insecurity crisis? The presenters examine the different ways academic libraries are helping combat the issue. Whether through physically hosting food pantries to creating LibGuides to accepting food as payment for library fines – what initiatives are currently being offered? How have these programs been implemented in libraries? What can you do to start a program at your library?
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