The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

“My husband and I are overweight due to unhealthy food. His cholesterol’s high, but it’s hard to buy healthy food. Unhealthy food is less expensive but I feel like in the long run it will cause more medical problems, which in turn will cause expensive bills from health providers. We make too much to get free lunch for our children. Sometimes it can be a struggle to make sure the older children are eating healthy. I’m thankful to Baltimore City Schools for providing free breakfast to our children.”

Student Debt

While pursuing higher education is one of the best ways to increase one’s income and escape poverty, student debt can also hinder a family’s economic success.  With millions of unemployed workers returning to school during the 2008 economic recession, private loan companies and for-profit colleges have taken advantage of the opportunity, leaving students with unmanageable debt and no additional skills.  Those interested in furthering their education should look at federal student loans – the safest kind of borrowing – before considering other options.

Current Issue

Check out a video of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearing called, “Drowning in Debt: Financial Outcomes of Students at For-Profit Colleges,” June 7, 2011.


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