Some UWM students go without meals in order to pay for rent or other necessities, so to fight the food insecurity problem on campus, the school is opening a food pantry.
Interim Dean of Students Dr. Rebecca Freer says this idea came last school year from the student government after conducting a survey.
"Every year our students think of a few initiatives to focus on and last year this was it. They were really concerned about the well-being of students. This was something our students needed and so they ran with it. So it is to help them alleviate some of that stress and focus," Freer said.
Some students found the statistics from the survey shocking.
"I think it's definitely helping a lot of students. I didn't know that like 50 percent of the students here couldn't afford like monthly groceries and everything," said Simone Wittlinger, a UWM sophomore.
"You come to campus and sometimes there is that expectation that you know everybody here is so well off, and you know, making good grades and everything, but you know reality, behind closed doors, students are definitely struggling and they really just don't know where to go or know what to do about it," said UWM junior Miyah Brooks.
UWM is also partnering with the River West food pantry and University Christian Ministries. Donation boxes are scattered across campus.
If you would like to help the UWM food pantry you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.