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How HBCU Students Can Access Enough Food

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HBCU students face higher food insecurity rates than peers at predominantly white institutions, with 46% reporting food insecurity in 2020. Food insecurity contributes to lower graduation rates, poor mental and physical health, and lower GPAs. Black students face additional socioeconomic barriers to higher education. Nutrition equity advocate, Maya Feller, suggests affordable, accessible, and culturally relevant food options, including fresh, canned, frozen, and jarred foods, and protein-rich dairy products. She also recommends seeking advice from registered dietitians who prioritize culturally relevant foods.

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