Friday, July 1, 2022

Play

The U.S. Supreme Court strips the EPA's power to curb pollution, California takes a big step toward universal health care, and a Florida judge will temporarily block the state's 15-week abortion ban.

Play

SCOTUS significantly limits the Clean Air Act and rules against the "Stay in Mexico" policy, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in to office, and President Biden endorses a filibuster carveout for abortion rights.

Play

From flying saucers to bologna: America's summer festivals kick off, rural hospitals warn they do not have the necessities to respond in the post-Roe scramble, advocates work to counter voter suppression, and campaigns encourage midterm voting in Indian Country.

More Money for Food Pantries at NM Colleges, Universities

Play

Tuesday, April 26, 2022   

More than half of Native American students at the University of New Mexico face food insecurity, with Hispanics second-most affected, at 35%.

The rising costs of tuition, student fees, housing and transportation have made food insecurity on campus a nationwide problem, with more colleges and universities opening food pantries and also referring students to other social services.

Sarita Cargas, associate professor of human rights at the University of New Mexico (UNM), said there are about 750 food pantries on college campuses, but not enough data to know how well they're working.

"Our focus groups have told us the problems they find with the food pantry," Cargas reported. "A huge one is stigma. Culturally appropriate foods, fresh foods ... lack of fresh foods can be a problem in a pantry."

Cargas led a survey, which found nearly one in four UNM students described themselves as food insecure. Since it was released, the New Mexico Higher Education Department has approved $20,000 grants to each of five higher education institutions to establish student food pantries.

In addition to ethnic disparities in student hunger, Cargas said UNM research found 48% of gay and lesbian students were unsure where their next meal was coming from, and slightly more women than men face the concern. She noted a direct correlation between graduating from college and food insecurity, and worries not enough questions are being asked.

"What are the causes of Native American student hunger versus LGBTQ+ student hunger, versus international student hunger, and therefore, what are the needs? What are the solutions?" Cargas remarked. "I mean, the pantry is just a band-aid."

Cargas would like to see colleges offer grocery gift certificates and make dining-hall meals more accessible, to reduce what the U.S. Department of Agriculture defines as "low" or "very low" food security.

"Low food security just means you don't have access to as good of calories, as nutritious," Cargas explained. "You might not go hungry, but you might be eating junk. Very low food security means you have instances of unrelieved hunger."


get more stories like this via email
In calling Florida's new 15-week abortion ban unconstitutional, Florida Circuit Judge John Cooper said, "Florida passed into its constitution an explicit right to privacy that is not contained in the U.S. Constitution." (fotodigitalmunioz/Pixabay)

Health and Wellness

A Florida judge plans to put a hold on the state's new, 15-week abortion ban, set to take effect today. He said it is unconstitutional and will issue …


Environment

The Environmental Protection Agency now has fewer tools to fight climate change, after the U.S. Supreme Court stripped the agency of its authority to …

Social Issues

Three projects in Idaho have been selected to receive grants from the AARP Community Challenge. Among them is the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in …


Northern Plains Resource Council is holding presentations on soil health at farms and ranches across Montana. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

Environment

Montanans get a sense of what soil health is like on farms and ranches across the state with Northern Plains Resource Council's soil crawls. The …

Social Issues

A new tool aims to help older adults in Arkansas and beyond who receive Medicare track what happens at their doctor appointments. It also can help …

Proponents of a consumer-owned utility say as Maine works to improve the power grid, it is important to hold power companies in the state accountable. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

A campaign in Maine is gathering signatures to replace the state's investor-owned energy grid with a consumer-owned utility. Central Maine Power (…

Social Issues

Another important U.S. Supreme Court ruling this month has been overshadowed by the controversy about overturning abortion rights. Legal experts say …

Social Issues

By Sarah Melotte for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Eric Galatas for Colorado News Connection for the Public News Service/Daily Yonder Collabor…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021