Voices of Hunger

In a recent study of hunger on college campuses, 56% of Bunker Hill Community College students indicated that they were moderately food insecure.

  • 52% indicated that the food that they bought just didn't last and they didn't have enough money to get more.
  • 60% indicated that they couldn't afford to eat balanced meals.
  • 45% have cut the size of their meals or skip meals because there wasn't enough money for food.

Student Resources

BHCC’s Single Stop office shares partnerships with community organizations and businesses that can provide assistance to students who are struggling with food insecurity. Visit us in room D206 so we can get you the help you need.

We partner with:

  • Greater Boston Food Bank – Each month, BHCC partners with Greater Boston Food Bank to provide a mobile market food pantry, where students can take home fresh produce and other pantry items.
  • Food Link – Food Link is a non-profit organization that visits area businesses like Panera Bread, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to gather leftover bread items and them to the Single Stop office where students can stop by and pick some up to take home.
  • Food For Free - "Food For Free rescues fresh food—food that might otherwise go to waste—and distributes it within the local emergency food system where it can reach those in need." Launched in the spring of 2016, Family Meals re-purposes prepared foods into single-serving meals for people with limited access to kitchens. Family Meals uses surplus foods from university dining halls and other sources, rescued via our Prepared Foods Rescue program.

Voices of Hunger on Campus

This spring, Bunker Hill Community College will host a summit for Massachusetts colleges and universities to take a deep dive into the critical issue of student hunger on college campuses. The program features keynote speaker Sara Goldrick-Rab, author of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, along with survey results of a national hunger study completed on college campuses, a panel of community organizations, and a discussion of who is hungry, what resources are available, and how we can do more.

In the News

March 20, 2017: Schools Programs Keep Hunger and Homelessness From Derailing Local Students
By Jordan Frias for SCN
Bunker Hill Community College student Michael Curran knows what it’s like to be homeless and struggling in school.
Curran, 28, of Medford, is among the many students who rely on the college’s Single Stop program for food and other resources to get by in life and in school.
http://sparechangenews.net/2017/03/schools-programs-keep-hunger-homelessness-derailing-local-students/

March 15, 2017: Hungry and Unable to Complete
By Ashley A. Smith for Inside Higher Ed
Community colleges that want students to graduate increasingly focus not just on academic needs, but on transportation, housing and food issues.
At Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, the institution is piloting a food voucher program that gives 100 low-income students $7 a day to purchase food from the institution’s cafeteria.
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/03/15/study-shows-widespread-food-and-housing-insecurity-students

March 10, 2017: Make History
By Wick Sloan for Inside Higher Ed
To: All 2,000 delegates at this weekend's annual meeting of the American Council on Education
Your assignment for this annual meeting: make history for low-income students…
Pam Y. Eddinger, president of Bunker Hill Community College, is advocating against student hunger with Goldrick-Rab, and sees every day both the benefits of proving food and the costs of student hunger.
https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/03/10/challenge-college-presidents-fight-low-income-students-essay

February 23, 2017: Examining food insecurity
By Daily Community College
A handful of Democratic senators want the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study on food insecurity at U.S. colleges and universities.
For some of our students, it is a daily struggle to decide whether to spend their last dollars on food or on the subway to get to class,” said Pam Eddinger, president of Bunker Hill Community College, which hosts a mobile food pantry every month.
http://www.ccdaily.com/Pages/Campus-Issues/Examining-food-insecurity

February 9, 2017: Homeless College Students Rate Rises Due To Hunger And School Fees, May Not See Graduation
By Amanda Foster for University Herald
America continues to struggle with the rising cost of higher education. As the cost of college and university fees and tuition grows, the number of homeless students also grows.
In Boston, the Bunker Hill Community College is just one of the 25 food assistance programs in Massachusetts public college campuses.
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/64486/20170209/homeless-college-students-rate-rises-hunger-school-fees-graduation.htm

February 8, 2017: Number of homeless, hungry college students continue to rise
By Jarrett Carter foe EducationDive
Bunker Hill Community College in Massachusetts is profiled as one of the state's 25 food assistance programs, part of a larger student service initiative to help low-income students reduce obstacles to college completion.
http://www.educationdive.com/news/number-of-homeless-hungry-college-students-continue-to-rise/435732/

February 8, 2017: The Number of Hungry And Homeless Students Rises Along With College Costs
By Kirk Carapezza for Tristate Public Radio
There's no way to avoid it. As the cost of college grows, research shows that so does the number of hungry and homeless students at colleges and universities across the country.
"It's invisible even to me and I'm looking," says Wick Sloan. He came to Bunker Hill Community College in Boston more than a decade ago to teach English full time.
http://tspr.org/post/number-hungry-and-homeless-students-rises-along-college-costs

January 25, 2017: State’s public colleges see rise in hunger, homelessness
By: Nuchael Levenson for The Boston Globe
The state’s colleges and universities are reporting that hunger and homelessness among students have increased over the past year, an alarming new disclosure that makes clear that…
Christopher Aguirre, a 20-year-old student at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, is among those who have confronted homelessness and hunger while working toward a degree.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/01/24/state-public-colleges-see-increase-hunger-homelesness/uw6E0UaBreBV9glFzqcx7H/story.html

January 24, 2017: Mass. Public Campuses See More Hungry And Homeless Students
By: Louise Kennedy for WBUR
Hunger and homelessness are rising at more than a third of Massachusetts public colleges and universities, according to a report presented to the state higher education board Tuesday.
He's due to graduate this year from Bunker Hill Community College after repeatedly making the dean's list, he said, and has received more support there than from programs designed to serve homeless youth.
http://www.wbur.org/edify/2017/01/24/mass-public-campuses-see-more-hungry-and-homeless-students

November 30, 2016: One-stop services help students stay in college
By: Community College Daily
A new study by the RAND Corporation shows that community college students participating in a program that provides comprehensive support …
The study examined the experiences of first-time students who used Single Stop programs at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, City University of New York, Delgado Community College in New Orleans and Miami Dade College…
http://www.ccdaily.com/Pages/Campus-Issues/One-stop-services-help-students-stay-in-college

November 30, 2016: Study finds one-stop social services efforts may improve outcomes
By: Stefanie Botelho for University Business
As community colleges across the nation struggle to improve completion rates, a new RAND Corporation study of an innovative effort providing students…
The study examined the experiences of first-time students who made use of Single Stop programs at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston,
https://www.universitybusiness.com/news/study-finds-one-stop-social-services-efforts-may-improve-outcomes

November 10, 2016: Hunger on College Campuses is Growing
By: Lawndale News
“I missed the apples, but I got a lot of other good, healthy stuff,” says Flora, a Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) student who is cradling a bag of oatmeal, cauliflower, carrots, ground turkey, and enough yellow onions to fuel her favorite sofrito recipe. “I’m Latina, so I have to have my sofrito!” she laughs.
http://www.lawndalenews.com/2016/11/hunger-on-college-campuses-is-growing/

October 31, 2016: Western Mass Food Bank Sets Eyes On Root Causes of Hunger
By: Andy McKeever for iBerkshires.com
The Western Massachusetts Food Bank wants to do more than just provide emergency meals…
The lead was taken by Bunker Hill Community College, which opened a pantry after discovering students were going without meals. Now it has grown to be a national issue on college campuses.
http://www.iberkshires.com/story/53281/Western-Mass-Food-Bank-Sets-Eyes-On-Root-Causes-of-Hunger.html

October 28, 2016: President Of Largest Community College In Mass. On Student Hunger
By: Alison Bruzek and Meghna Chakrabarti for WBUR
Dr. Pam Eddinger has been the president of Bunker Hill Community College since 2013. Earlier this month, she was honored at the White House as a "Champion of Change" for her work expanding college education to underrepresented groups.
http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2016/10/28/pam-eddinger-bhcc

October 26, 2016: ‘Starving Student’ Stereotype is No Joke: Hunger on College Campuses is Growing
By: Mary Ellen Flannery for neaToday
“I missed the apples, but I got a lot of other good, healthy stuff,” says Flora, a Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) student who is cradling a bag of oatmeal, cauliflower, carrots, ground turkey, and enough yellow onions to fuel her favorite sofrito recipe.
http://neatoday.org/2016/10/26/hunger-on-college-campuses/

September 27, 2016: Facing hunger on college campuses
By: Laura Colarusso for the Boston Globe
CAN I have another bag of pasta?”
It was a hot August afternoon, and about 100 students had assembled for the monthly food pantry at Bunker Hill Community College.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/09/26/facing-hunger-college-campuses/5YuqiPlgugUwIUhuv3SsBI/story.html

July 28, 2016: Measuring the Impact: Food insecurity hits schools nationwide, stretches into higher ed
By: Tara Garcia Mathewson for Education Dive
Teachers in Cambridge, MA, used to notice children behaving aggressively or struggling to pay…
At Bunker Hill Community College near Boston, 8,000 of the school’s 14,000 students qualify for Pell Grants, and 1,000 qualify for SNAP benefits. The Single Stop program aims to help students overcome economic barriers that get in the way of their students and break the cycle of poverty. Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger estimates 2,500 students access Single Stop services each year.
http://www.educationdive.com/news/measuring-the-impact-food-insecurity-hits-schools-nationwide-stretches-in/421554/

May 13, 2016: Hunger on College Campuses: Another Barrier to Getting a Degree?
By: Bob Hildreth for The Huffington Post
Wick Sloane teaches a college writing class at Bunker Hill Community College, where he also manages the Emergency Assistance Fund.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-hildreth/hunger-on-college-campuse_b_9934988.html

April 29, 2016: A ‘Successful’ Conference on Hunger?
By: Wick Sloane for Inside Higher Ed
I don’t have a clever lead paragraph for an essay about an oversubscribed conference on college…
Since coming to Bunker Hill Community College 10 years ago, I’ve spent more time on hunger and food stamps than teaching College Writing I, my original plan.
https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/04/29/130-people-conference-campus-hunger-sign-progress-essay

April 27, 2016: Food Assistance Put on Table for Low-Income College Students
By: Jamaal Abdul-Alim for diverseeducation.com
The National School Lunch Program – the federally assisted and state-administered program that…
“For example, Bunker Hill Community College is working with its cafeteria vendor to buy a basic lunch (sandwich, fruit and milk) at wholesale rather than retail prices, and distributing those lunches to students in need,” the proposal notes.
http://diverseeducation.com/article/83705/