Money Worries Keep Students Going to Campus Food Banks

Lingering Food Insecurity Sends Students to Campus Food Shelves 1

Michael Henninger for The Chronicle

After hearing about hunger on campuses, students and administrators at West Virginia U. started the Rack, a food bank for students, in 2010. Joseph Janiczak (left) and Nick Persichetti, both juniors, stock up on frozen meat.

The week before the semester begins here at West Virginia University, students and parents stroll around the campus, shop at the bookstore, and munch food from Burger King and Chick-fil-A. The scene is what one might expect: young people having fun, their supportive families in tow.

But a couple of blocks away, on a hill overlooking the campus, a different scene plays out. Several students show up at a house leased by the university that serves as a food bank (among other functions)