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google 'food insecurity' and college or university or school and you'll get a ton of hits.

apparently it's a thing now, mostly locals who don't eat in the cafeteria.

any experience / thoughts on this?

IIRC some of my classmates got food stamps living off campus
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google 'food insecurity' and college or university or school and you'll get a ton of hits.

apparently it's a thing now, mostly locals who don't eat in the cafeteria.

any experience / thoughts on this?

IIRC some of my classmates got food stamps living off campus
Yes, it's true.
No, it's not new. Not at all.

I lived on rice and vegetable soup for weeks.
I remember scamming McDonalds using their free burger scratch off game.

I worked during a week long brake, then spent my entire paycheck at the warehouse grocery.
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My food source was rather insecure at times when I was in school. Pay tuition, pay rent, food, pay for gas to get to classes (or walk), clothes.

That was the priority order. I wasn't fat, that's for sure. Ramen noodles by the case.

I came out of a building once and saw a homeless person dig a half a sandwich out of the trash can. You know what went through my mind? She's going to eat a better lunch then I am today.
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This is a result of snowflakes never being educated that sometimes, life sucks. They think they are destined to walk into a perfect life, where they get everything handed to them with little to no work.

They see the Jones with a house care and a refrigerator and want that as well, but forget (or ignore) that it took work to get there, and quite often there were days when you skipped a meal or ate a concoction made up of questionable leftovers.
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When I was in college, we didn't have "food insecurity". We had a different word for it;

Hunger.

And it was a powerful motivator to find a part time job.
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Not new ,
had a buddy (not a snowflake literally grew up in an orphanage) after paying for school and rent had enough money for 120 packages of ramen.he ate one a day, till his next disbursement, he lost 50 lbs that semester. He didn't whimper once just kept chugging on.

Know of a friend of a friend that got scurvy eating three meals a day in the cafeteria. ( I lay that one off to her eating habits)
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So college kids are starving?
I thought that was what student loans were for.

I remember occasionally being short of money and eating beans and rice during college. Of course cutting into the beer budget was not even an option.
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They maybe short on food but I doubt any of them are giving up their expensive phone or tablet to eat.

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So college kids are starving?
I thought that was what student loans were for.

I remember occasionally being short of money and eating beans and rice during college. Of course cutting into the beer budget was not even an option.

I often had a really difficult time deciding between beer or pizza.

But the socialism of pooling friend's resources together proved to be a pragmatic solution.
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I didn't live on campus but had room mates. Four of us in a one bedroom house. Fortunately three of us knew how to cook and one of us had a hookup to a grocery warehouse connection and got damaged throw away stuff. We didn't get a lot, or anything fancy, but we could eat potatoes for 2 weeks when a 50 pound bag tore open and couldn't sell or macaroni for weeks on end. If we could scrape up 20cents for a can of tuna we could eat like queens since none of us were spoiled princesses.
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This is a result of snowflakes never being educated that sometimes, life sucks. They think they are destined to walk into a perfect life, where they get everything handed to them with little to no work.

They see the Jones with a house care and a refrigerator and want that as well, but forget (or ignore) that it took work to get there, and quite often there were days when you skipped a meal or ate a concoction made up of questionable leftovers.
That brings to mind "Fuzzy Burritos" and Stale beer left in the fridge... poured from a keg into milk jugs. Its a wonder we survived that flop house.

Fuzzy Burrito - A burrito so old it has mold growing on it. The Blue Fuzzy kind
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They maybe short on food but I doubt any of them are giving up their expensive phone or tablet to eat.

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2/3 to 3/4 of the people my wife works with are going to the local college. At least monthly one of them will brag about their new iCrap gadget, which is usually followed by them lamenting that they don't have enough money for X expense (fuel, auto maintenance, food, utilities etc) When she points out that they just bout a $500+ phone and the money could have been used for their expenses, they act as if she had asked them to sell a kidney.
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2/3 to 3/4 of the people my wife works with are going to the local college. At least monthly one of them will brag about their new iCrap gadget, which is usually followed by them lamenting that they don't have enough money for X expense (fuel, auto maintenance, food, utilities etc) When she points out that they just bout a $500+ phone and the money could have been used for their expenses, they act as if she had asked them to sell a kidney.
Yes I'm sure they're offended by your wife suggesting such a thing. How dare she make sense!

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I had to live an extremely frugal lifestyle for almost a year, due to living on medical payments from an accident at work.

It's tough going down to 60% of your take home pay, because your bills stay at 100%. I had a savings account, but even the best savings account is going to take a serious hit.

I shopped every two weeks and bought about the same things every time I went.

I ate a lot of chilies, stews and soups, and got the vegetables for them from the reduced cart. Just cut off the bad parts and you're good to go.

Oatmeal is cheap, filling and I ate a ton of it in the form of scotched oatmeal. I bought the medium sized eggs, because they were less than a dollar a dozen. You get your oatmeal boiling, add one or two eggs, stir, serve and you have scotched oatmeal (that's what granny called them.)

That breakfast fills you up and keeps you filled for a long time.

Used lots of dried beans, pintos for chilli or burritos, white beans for soup, lentils and peas for split pea soup. These are dirt cheap and filling.

One whole chicken made five meals for me and a pound of hamburger made three meals.

You get the idea.

I was living on less than $50 every two weeks for food, detergents, coffee, etc. it was rough, but you'd be surprised on how little you can live off of, if you really have to.
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Worked my way through collage on the GI bill. One room studio apt with hot plate, sink/fridge/toilet/shower, worked every part time job I could muster & full time all summer. Never went hungry, but there were lean times. Got married 3rd year, made life far better as she worked as a waitress with good tips.

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Had friends in college that ate 1 dollar or less pasta/rice meals for months at a time since money was tight.

I started a business in college and had some spare cash and a buddy who got a disability check from the army would host family dinner nights where we provided 90% of the food and would make a ham, tacos, or whatever we could buy cheaply in bulk. Was probably one of the better meals they would have that week. We would suggest people to contribute what ever they could afford so since most would not accept charity. Usually they threw in a can of green beans or something cheap.

The meal plans the colleges force 1st and 2nd year students to buy where very over priced. We would also sneak out fruit and other easier items for our friends.
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I often had a really difficult time deciding between beer or pizza.

But the socialism of pooling friend's resources together proved to be a pragmatic solution.
Exactly. I lived in a 450sf apartment with 5 other students in Manhattan. Each person was responsible for one meal a week. On Sundays we all chipped in and on special occasions, we had pot luck with friends. The meals weren't fancy but they were healthy and we all had a full belly. There was a Russian bakery a few doors down that put their remaining stock out on a table by the door each day before closing around 3 and the local produce stand would save back fruits and veggies for us that they would have normally tossed. GREAT neighbors!
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Exactly. I lived in a 450sf apartment with 5 other students in Manhattan. Each person was responsible for one meal a week. On Sundays we all chipped in and on special occasions, we had pot luck with friends. The meals weren't fancy but they were healthy and we all had a full belly. There was a Russian bakery a few doors down that put their remaining stock out on a table by the door each day before closing around 3 and the local produce stand would save back fruits and veggies for us that they would have normally tossed. GREAT neighbors!

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Friend & I collected our ketchup packs and always, always took our cracker packs home with us. When we were broke, we had TOMATO SOUP and crackers
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So much for the......"freshman 15!"
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