Food Pantry for needy college students
Recent history, more so, the frequency of economic downturns over the past few decades, has championed the fact that college education is indeed a necessity towards social as well as economic advancement (Hughes, Serebryanikova, Donaldson &Leveritt, 2011). As more people focus on attaining college education, there are challenges that come to light. One of the most prevalent challenge being scarcity of economic means towards establishing direction towards setting out a brighter future path to greater success and opportunity for those from needy family backgrounds (Rondeau, 2007). Without a doubt, tuition fees present needy college students with the largest expense. However, there are a myriad of other expenses which make life in college for needy students an arduous struggle.
Even in instances where higher education institutions offer financial aid packages, the likelihood of receiving a financial assistance package concerning all possible expenses is in most instances granted to a select few (Rondeau, 2007). On the same note, loans offered to needy college students require immediate repayments after entering the job market of which some needy graduates find difficult to acquire. Given that food budgets are considered as highly flexible, when needy students are faced with the issue of money scarcity, they have to contend with less nutritious food that are cheaper (Hughes, Serebryanikova, Donaldson &Leveritt, 2011);(Allahwalaet al. 2013). Such situational outcomes can be detrimental to a student’s ability to ensure acceptable degrees of self-care. This paper presents a literature review discussing for pantries to address the food insecurity which needy college students often encounter.
Colleges are in essence social institutions (Allahwalaet al. 2013). The common college student has to overcome arising challenges related to meeting expenses and by extension, encounter consumer pressures associated with exploring and building a novel identity of self. Such pressures are subjected to all college students regardless of socioeconomic background (Cunningham & Johnson, 2011). All college students always seek to use money to reflect the social identities they relate with the most as they go through the education system. For students with a low income status background, being in a college that offers boarding facilities but does not offer a dining plan can translate to a highly self-monitored food budget (Hughes, Serebryanikova, Donaldson &Leveritt, 2011).
Food as a Basic Necessity
According to Maslow’s theory of hierarchy of needs, the psychological requirements are the most significant. The physical body of every college students requires good nutrition, water, rest and sleep for self-sustenance. The theory provides that having the above stated needs enables an individual to develop the appropriate feelings of being secure and safe (Cunningham & Johnson, 2011). The individual thus can bear the opportunity to project a feeling of esteemed and accepted thin the social circles ascribed to. Contemporary college education translates to exactly what the Maslow theory postulates towards academic success and a sense of fulfillment at present and more so, in future. Self-actualization being the highest pinnacle in Maslow’s theory is the goal of each living individual and as such, college enrollment does not guarantee this outcomes as college education is simply a means for such fulfillment (Cunningham & Johnson, 2011); (Allahwala et al. 2013). With regard to needy college students, the inability to adequately realizebasic needs implies that self-actualization may remain only as a dream.
Food Security and Self-Care
It is all-important to note that for many students; self-care throughout the college years is often disregarded (Hughes, Serebryanikova, Donaldson & Leveritt, 2011). One of the critical elements of self-care which includes ensuring one regularly and consistently consumes nutritious foods is not accorded the seriousness it deserves due to a number of reasons (Cunningham & Johnson, 2011). Concerning needy college students, it is widely accepted that poor nutrition is associated with the inability to purchase nutritious foods which are in most instances expensive. Poor nutrition tends to affect academic performance. (Hughes, Serebryanikova, Donaldson &Leveritt, 2011).
Lifestyle Challenges Encountered by College Students
The contemporary society has reinforced some underlying assumptions with regard to college students and more so, the college experience. It is common sentiment among members of the society that college experience revolve around consuming diets which regularly include fast foods and beer(Akobundu, Cohen, Laus