After realizing a growing number of students on the Wright State University campus were struggling to make ends meet, school leaders decided to open a food pantry in February.
“I’ve heard stories from students who are unemployed, can’t find a job and went back to school. Some have kids and may not eat themselves so they can provide for their families,” said Rebecca Fensler, who runs the pantry as part of an AmeriCorps project. It is an uncommon sight on the typical college campus, but a sign that a growing number of students are buckling under the ever-increasing costs of college.
Jennifer Penick, WSU financial aid director, said a growing number of students are finding it difficult to borrow enough money on their own to attend school and cover living expenses.