An article from AAMC on the growing trend of food insecurity amongst medical students in the USA and the steps taken by universities to provide aid
While data on food insecurity among medical students is sparse, researchers believe the impact is profound. The pandemic isn't helping.
Hunter Eby recalls a time when his life centered around figuring out how he was going to feed himself the next day.
As an undergraduate at the University of Toledo (UToledo) in Ohio, he was unable to drive for a couple of years when he and his doctor decided to stop his epilepsy medicine. Without a way to get to the grocery store, he came to rely on meals he could pick up at a convenience store: cereal and milk, pasta and tomato sauce, and canned and prepackaged foods filled with sugar and other additives.
Eby gained weight and began to struggle in school.
And despite his parents instilling in him the importance of strict budgeting, the high prices at the convenience store would often leave him worrying that his debit card would be declined toward the end of each month after his scholarship funds and loans had run out. Still, he was too ashamed to ask for help.
“[I was] telling myself, ‘This is the college diet,’” Eby says. “‘You eat ramen and Taco Bell.’ But I think that does a lot of damage.”