Free meals bring students back to campus and rebuild community at WMCC | New

When in class, cooking student Isabella McHugh is surrounded by food.

But for McHugh and thousands of other community college students in New Hampshire and across the country, finding the time and money to buy meals can be a challenge.

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More work, less class

Free meals at WMCC

Kara Gendron, manager of the Bistro at White Mountains Community College, plans and then prepares the dishes that will appear on her lunch menu on Wednesday. Thanks to a one-time grant, the Bistro has been providing free lunches for two years to all students enrolled at WMCC while continuing to serve non-students as well.

Food insecurity

More than one stressor

Bringing “community” to college

Making the Grade is a dedicated reporting effort covering education in New Hampshire, with a particular focus on Manchester and the challenges students face in the state’s largest school district. It is sponsored by the New Hampshire Solutions Journalism Lab at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and is funded by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Northeast Delta Dental, the Education Writers Association, and the Institute for Citizens & Scholars.

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