How one student is fighting the college hunger crisis (MSNBC)

By NED RESNIKOFF | Sept. 11, 2014


Yvonne Montoya knows what it’s like to go hungry. When she first returned to college in October 2012 she was homeless, living off food pantry allotments and cheap snacks from the local CVS pharmacy. Although she qualified for food stamps, she often went hungry on campus because there was nowhere nearby to use them. Cerritos College, the mid-sized Los Angeles County school where she resumed her academic career, did not have any on-campus locations that accepted food stamps.

“I know what it’s like to be homeless and a college student,” said Montoya, who has three grown children and previously attended college sporadically while trying to raise them. “And to have a full-service cafeteria in front of me and not be able to access it because they’re not accepting food stamps.”

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