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How Many College Students Are Going Hungry?

Toni Airaksinen knows that hunger can hide beneath a veneer of achievement. She worked her way to Barnard College while growing up on food stamps. So when she arrived at Barnard, the women’s college affiliated with Columbia University,

Ms. Airaksinen suspected that some students would be waging similar battles in the shadows of the elite university’s Manhattan campus. “Whether you’re at Columbia or you’re at a community college, there will always be people struggling to make ends meet,” says Ms. Airaksinen. And when money gets tight, food is often the first expense to go.