Food Insecurity Essay

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Listening to conversations about food on campus, I found that there was a common theme last year: it was difficult to find healthy food on campus.
I think we’ll find that to be less of the case this year, especially with N-Rich recently opening in the Union, and a new service called Instacart that will deliver groceries to campus.
However, despite an expanded variety of options to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, the problem of food insecurity has hardly been addressed.
Food insecurity is the “state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food,” according to the Oxford Dictionary. It is a widespread problem on college campuses across the nation. While food insecurity only impacts 14% of households, 48% of college students claim to be food insecure. This problem disproportionately impacts first generation college students, students of color, and students who need financial aid, as noted by the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.
Today, these students still have few resources to address this problem.
Last year, I was excited to see N-Rich open. I toured inside and out, and saw that it increased my options to buy healthy food on campus. Though there’s valid argument that N-Rich’s variety is small, for the first time in my college career, I did not have to travel over a mile to buy an onion.
N-Rich opens up options for students with more meal plan money than they need. But for students who need to ration
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