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‘Students have to choose between getting to college and eating’

As a Tes/AoC survey reveals almost nine in 10 institutions are offering support to learners who struggle to feed themselves, Julia Belgutay investigates the impact of food poverty

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It was only when a tutor from Basingstoke College of Technology visited an absent student at his home that the picture became clear. After establishing that the student did not receive a bursary to support his studies because his mother was unable to fill in the application forms, the tutor discovered that there was no food in the house.

Action was swiftly taken, and the student’s family were referred to the local food bank. “He was just too proud to ask,” says Alexis Smith, the college’s director of student experience. “He achieved, and he is actually coming back next year, when in May, it ...

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