Six NC State students took to the national stage this month to address a crisis impacting college campuses across the country: students are at risk of hunger and homelessness.

Their presentation was an outgrowth of research that a team of students, faculty and staff conducted over the past 18 months into this very real crisis on NC State’s campus. That work resulted in the 2018 NC State Food and Housing Insecurity study, which found that one in seven students on campus had experienced food insecurity in the past 30 days and nearly one in 10 students experienced homelessness during the past 12 months.

In September, the six students presented their recommendations at the national Closing the Hunger Gap conference attended by more than 500 representatives of food banks and other nonprofits. Organizers say this is the first year that hunger among college students has been brought to the fore.

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Originally published Sept. 9, 2019.