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Food Pantries Filling Need for Students at Mass. Public Colleges

UMass Boston senior Elizabeth Dennis receives financial aid to help cover tuition, shares an off-campus apartment to save on rent, and has a part-time job to pay her bills.

Still, the 21-year-old regularly does not have enough money to buy meals. So, once a week, she stops at her school’s food bank, one of the dozen that have sprung up on the campuses of Massachusetts public colleges and universities.

Experts say the pantries cater to an increasingly visible number of off-campus students faced with a wrenching but all-too-real choice: paying for college or keeping themselves fed.