UNT Food Pantry Battles Student Hunger

Hunger impacts more than 45 million Americans — the problem is felt in every county throughout the country.

There is also an increased need on college campuses.

Advisors with the Dean of Students Office at University of North Texas noticed that there was an increased number of students who were homeless and in need of food.

Administrators developed a "homeless taskforce" to survey the scope of the problem, and it was determined that many students were food insecure.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, "food insecurity" refers to the lack of access by people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Research shows approximately 12.7 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2015.

Any student can visit the Food Pantry, which is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. through 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Students can check in at the Dean of Students Office on the fourth floor of the Student Union.

The second Food Pantry is open at Discovery Park in the Engineering Library, next to the Career Center.

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