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A Lesson In Hunger For Many NJ Students

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Bergen County, New Jersey (My9NJ) - College students may be working hard to get to the top and secure a future for themselves, but unfortunately even in affluent areas like Bergen County, students are going hungry. Now Bergen Community College is offering a new way to help their students by starting a food bank in response to the growing problem.

This situation is all too real for student Jesu Mills who has been struggling with having enough food to eat and the stigma that comes with that.

“It’s just that I didn’t want to feel that I was helpless and I didn’t want people to see me in that light,” he said.

But now, Mills says things are different with the help of the X-Change Food Pantry offered at the college.

Aretha McMillan is one of the women who have coordinated this program at the school and she said that this effort has really helped students and the turnout has been huge.

“We have had over 178 students come in over 500 visits, we have students they are coming in every day,” she explained.

She said that at times, the hunger issue has gotten so bad that it even began to affect some student’s health.

“He sat in my office passed out, literally passed out. We had to get public safety in,” she recalled.

The food bank operates in partnership with CFA, a not-for-profit organization that helps the school collect the food. Then, volunteers package it up and students are able to take it with them off campus.


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