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Feeding the Starving Student



One grad student spoke on condition of anonymity while waiting her turn to fill two bags with perishable and nonperishable food at the Back Door pantry. "Frances," an out-of-state senior who will graduate this month, says she is not starving but using her resources wisely. "I'll have to start paying my undergrad loans. They're deferred, so I don't have to pay while I'm in grad school. Graduate school is very expensive, even with my scholarship. I've been fortunate enough that I haven't been hungry. If I had to make payments, it might be a different story. After graduation, we'll see what happens."

Frances says she doesn't feel any stigma about accepting free food--because she's been on the other side: "I used to volunteer [at a food bank] when I was growing up and had family members who were paid administrators," she says. "It's a very familiar environment for me."


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