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WBBH - Budgeting is tough in college; for some, it is bills verses food.

"Higher rates of tuition due to lack of state funding and their loans aren't going as far and there in seriously in need," says Debora Haring.

It led these women to ask, who is going without?

Nearly 900 students responded.

"When a student stopped by my students and she looked like she was going to faint and when I asked her what was wrong she told me she had gone two days without eating because she didn't have any money," says Maria Roca.

In an in-class survey more than 60-percent of students said they knew a friend who skipped meals because they couldn't afford it.

Nearly 50-percent of those who took the survey said they've done it themselves.

The hunger sparked an idea.

Joanna Bradshaw, the wife of University President Dr. Wilson Bradshaw, wanted to start a food pantry.

Her idea combined with the newly appointed steering committee put it into action.

It's the first of its kind in the area.

The meals are coming from donations from faculty and staff, vendors and the Harry Chapin food bank.

"Starving students is sort of a cliché but there are kids that aren't starving but they're facing a tough time," says Al Brislain.

Last week, it gave the campus 4,000 pounds of food, things like ramen noodles, peanut butter, fresh fruit and meat.

Only open Mondays and Thursdays, it's already helping nearly 25 to 30 students a week.

But the campus knows the need is greater, hundreds admitting in the survey they need a little help so when money gets tight, it doesn't have to be a choice between eating or paying bills.

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