Food insecurity is common at colleges and universities across the country, potentially undermining the educational success of untold thousands of students.


In 2016, a study was released indicating that as much as 48% of college students report food insecurity, a number which is higher among minority students. It also reported that of the food insecure students in the study, 32% believed that hunger or housing problems had an impact on their education. These students reported a range of consequences: not being able to purchase textbooks, or missing or dropping a class.


In response, Casa de Peregrinos has opened two mobile pantries at the Doña Ana Community College campuses in Las Cruces, and a third on the New Mexico State University main campus called the Aggie Cupboard. Each operates once per month, and primarily serves students and staff on those campuses.

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