A few years ago, Northern Michigan University surveyed students and found that 40 percent had faced hunger at some point. For roommates Micah, Matt and Jalen, that was a familiar story.
So, they often pick up groceries from NMU's food pantry, which the school opened in partnership with Feeding America West Michigan, in response to this high need.
As soon as he moved off campus, graphic design major and economics minor Matt noticed how quickly grocery costs piled up on top of rent. The food pantry fills the gaps. "This just helps out a lot. It's a great supplement for grocery shopping," he said.
"If you’re in need just go for it." said Jalen, a graphic design major. "There’s no judgement here. Everybody here is super cool."