Lakers Care and Share is a program developed to help students who are struggling with food and housing. Access information on food and housing resources both on campus and off campus. Learn more about our meal share program, Laker Care Closet, and mini food pantries located around campus.
Food and Clothing Resources
Student Food and Housing Insecurity Advisory Committee
Led by Mr. Jeff Jacobs, Dean of Students, the committee was charged with assisting the university in enhancing its programs and services related to addressing student food and housing insecurity.
In 2016, Lakers Care and Share place was established to provide students information related to food and housing insecurity.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. A national study conducted by the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness indicates that almost half of college students report that they have experienced food insecurity.
Students who experience food insecurity often also suffer from housing insecurity, such as difficulty paying the rent, mortgage, or utility bills. In fact, 64 percent of food insecure students report experiencing some type of housing insecurity.
It is no wonder that problems with food or housing impact student’s education. The National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness study found that these students tend to have problems buying textbooks, have had to miss class, and have even dropped class.
The University is participating in a national study on student food and housing insecurity that will provide us with a better understanding of needs specific to Clayton State students.