As the pandemic exacerbates food insecurity across the country and around the world, Barry University is working to support one group that is often disproportionately impacted by the problem: college students. Recently, the university celebrated the opening of its new Barry Community Food Pantry during a ribbon cutting event on its main campus. The food pantry, run by Barry University Campus Ministry in partnership with Feeding South Florida and supported by a generous gift from the Al & Jane Nahmad Family Foundation, will provide free fresh and nutritious food as well as essential toiletries to Barry University students, faculty, and staff who visit during operating hours.
Though it difficult to accurately track, studies show that nationwide, anywhere from 30% to 59% of college students experience food insecurity at some point. Barry University president, Dr. Mike Allen, underscored the steps the university is taking to support its community. “While the pandemic is shining a light on food insecurity, it has long been an overlooked, but very serious problem,” he said. “I am grateful to the Nahmad Family Foundation and to all the stakeholders who have worked to make the food pantry a reality in our university community. We want to help ensure our students can focus on their studies and their future success without this burden.”