The food pantry at the Diversity Club at Rose State. (Photo by: Valerie Scott)
By Valerie Scott
On Rose State campus, there are more students facing food insecurity than the public or fellow students are aware. With rising food and gas prices matched with housing and car market inflation, wallets aren’t stretching the way they used to. For college students who are also responsible for educational expenses, it can easily become difficult to keep food on the table.
Oklahoma isn't the only state facing inflation right now, America as a whole is struggling to keep its citizens fed. In 2021, 53 million Americans accessed food banks, according to Feeding America (2022). That’s 1 in 5 size Americans.
Adrien Brewer, a fine arts major, shared some of her own experiences with benefiting from food programs. “When I was in high school I was in the backpack meal program,” Brewer said. “They would put things like peanut butter, mac and cheese - lots of food that you could just add water to.”
When a child struggles with food insecurity, this can create a ripple effect later in life as an adult. “I grew up in a situation where money was tight,” Brewer said. “If I have the means to, I would love to help others who are also in that type of situation. I think compassion like that is a beautiful thing.”
Rose State campus offers a food pantry and sack lunches for any and all students. The program began in 2018 with Dr. Monique Bruner as the head of operations. Located inside the University Center, students can pick from the selection of frozen foods, canned goods, toiletries (including diapers), premade lunches, snacks, school supplies and household items such as cups and bowls.
Eliana Williams, a fine arts major, and Dustyn Guzman, a psychology major, are the front office