6 community college food banks get commercial fridges
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana Medicaid provider is giving about $21,000 worth of commercial refrigerators to community colleges so they can add perishable products to charitable food pantries for students.
Healthy Blue Louisiana president and CEO Aaron Lambert says officials know access to healthy food can be difficult.
The National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness reported in 2016 that nearly half of America's college students don't have reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food.
The Daily Advertiser reports that six refrigerators are going to six community colleges which already have food pantries or similar efforts. For instance, South Louisiana Community College turned the newspaper's old street-sale boxes into mini-pantries, much like "free little libraries." Those are now on campuses in eight parishes.