College students, even some with meal plans, are going hungry. One survey showed nearly half of students had faced food insecurity: an extremely unsettling state of affairs being that college tuitions themselves are already so expensive. Even an expensive private school like George Washington University – regularly ranked as one of the 50 most expensive schools in the US – last month announced it had decided to add a food pantry. But a student at Alabama A&M University decided not to wait for his school to take action, instead single-handedly starting a small food pantry for his classmates right in his dorm.
According to ABC News, Justin Franks, a 20-year-old at A&M, noticed last month that “a group of students had always been going to bed hungry.” Turns out the cafeteria at the Alabama school closes at the inconveniently early hour of 6pm. “A lot of students are busy and might not have time to get to the cafeteria before it closes, but it's important they still get to eat,” Franks was quoted as saying.