First-Year Students Tackle Challenge of Food Insecurity

Students in the Palmetto discussion group get to know each other during discussions about food insecurity during first-year orientation.

This year, during Orientation, New College replaced the longstanding Common Read, a book assigned over the summer, with the Common Challenge — an issue that students would discuss and eventually address as part of their introduction to the college.

One group tackled the issue of food insecurity, looking into the causes of modern-day hunger — often from personal experience — such as low wages making quality food unaffordable; the persistence of “food deserts;” the proliferation of fast food, sometimes the only option for overworked and over-stressed families; and stores’ and restaurants’ culture of making food overly abundant, even out of season, leading to waste.

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