Pandemic increasing need for student food pantries


The Wisconsin State Journal took a closer look at the issue of food insecurity at Madison College and UW-Madison. 

Madison College Student Health Educator Denise Holin says the student food pantry has had more than 300 visits so far this fall - that's up from about 250 at this point last year. 

"I would say the need for the food pantries has definitely increased," Holin told the State Journal. "Even as the college prepares for a shutdown with limited access after Thanksgiving, the need remains to help students fight food insecurity."

Holin says even though most classes will move online after the Thanksgiving break, the food pantry will remain open until Dec. 17 and reopen in January when the spring semester starts.