North Hennepin Community College opens food shelf... for students

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North Hennepin's Food Cupboard will help students fill their tummies without going further in debt.
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On September 4, North Hennepin Community College is opening a food shelf for its students.

While it might seem strange that students who can presumably pay for tuition can't afford $1 a day for PB&J sandwiches, many other colleges and universities throughout the country -- including Bakersfield College, Utah State University, and West Virginia University -- have opened food shelves providing donated eats to money-strapped students in recent years.

The need is particularly acute at Brooklyn Park's North Hennepin, where nearly 67 percent of the 12,00 students are low income.

North Hennepin's Food Cupboard will be run by volunteers, including staff and faculty, and students who have service learning projects as part of their classes.

That sounds like a worthwhile effort, but let's get this straight -- students at North Hennepin can now get themselves through college by filling their tummies with donated food, then graduate and work an unpaid internship with a doughnut shop. Are we sure this Mittens guy isn't on to something?

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