Mission Statement
“To alleviate the barriers and challenges associated with food insecurity and hunger so that Mercer’s students can remain in school and, ultimately, earn their degrees.”

Facts & Stats

Truth in Numbers

Food Insecurity


Food insecurity cuts across all demographic statuses, enrollment levels, and geographic locations. Empty cupboards and scrapping by are a way a life for many students. These stressors affect student success and in the long term, impact learning, grades, graduation, and time to degree.

Hunger and food insecurity are a growing problem on college campuses. The rising cost of a college education and the increasing number of nontraditional students mean that more students are living on a shoestring budget. Many of today’s students must find a way to provide for their own living expenses while also paying for their education. Contrary to the stereotype, today’s typical student is not a recent high school graduate who lives in a dormitory and is supported by his or her parents. The reality is much more complicated.

  • Four out of five students work part-time jobs, averaging 19 hours per week, while attending college.
  • Only 18% of students are able to cover their college expenses by working a job. Instead, 41% depend on financial aid to cover their college expenses and 16% utilize scholarships.
  • Less than one in four students could be categorized as having parents who are able to pay all of their college expenses.

By addressing food insecurity on campus, you can serve a human service and an educational need. Please help support the Food Pantry thru food or monetary donations. You can make the difference to help suppress food insecurity and support Students Success!


Food Insecurity