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Students helping feed students

Students helping feed students

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Tahleqauh, OK - With 11 million full-time undergraduate students in the United States hitting the books in hopes of getting a good job, many of them are taking out loans and getting into massive debt, but not for what you might think.   

Making sure students have enough to eat is the focus of a new program at Northeastern State University in Tahleqauh, Oklahoma. It's currently one of only a few dozen programs across the country that has students helping students.  

The college board estimates tuition and fees at four year public universities increased 27 percent in the last five years, but that does not include living expenses or food. About 60% of students who earned bachelor's degrees from 2011-2012 graduated with debt, borrowing an average of $26,500.
 
With many students on financial aid only able to afford minimal campus meal plans at NSU, last fall, a senior student took it upon himself to address the issue with the support of the school, to create a campus food pantry.  

Since September the pantry has fed more than 80 NSU students and their dependents and everything inside the pantry is 100% donated by students and area businesses.