The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma has expanded the Campus Co-Op to help students facing food insecurities through the generosity of donations from on-and off-campus sources. The Campus Co-Op is an open pantry with both perishable and non-perishable foodstuffs located in the university's Lawson Court Clubhouse and students are welcome to take items as needed.
Each academic year, students purchase a plan with a set number of meals per semester and must find their remaining meals elsewhere, either because they want more variety, do not want the added cost of a larger meal plan, or simply cannot afford one. According to 'Hunger on Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students,' food insecurity is a nationwide problem. The study shows that, 'food insecurity on college campuses has a negative impact on the educational experience. It's hard to concentrate in class or to focus on your studies when you're hungry or worrying about financial obstacles.'
The goal of the Campus Co-op is to help these students achieve food security as defined by the USDA: 'access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.'
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