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Something that seems like an age-old issue is college students having food insecurity. This means not having access to enough affordable, nutritious food. Joy Ferrin, school pantry coordinator with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, told CNHI Oklahoma that 48 percent of college students nationwide experience some level of food insecurity.
Statistically, one in four children in Oklahoma struggles with food insecurity. Fortunately, many of those children are reached by school programs that provide free or reduced breakfast and lunch meals.
In a first-of-its-kind program, the Department of Veterans Affairs will screen all vets who visit its health-care facilities for hunger, asking them whether they've struggled to afford food in the past three months.
More than 123,000 households in many of the counties hardest hit by Tropical Storm Irma have received additional benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.