FARGO-MOORHEAD — Researchers with Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brian Sciences found out about 6 million college students in the country do not know where their next meal is coming from. Administrators at area universities like Concordia College said they saw this problem escalate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response, they launched this food pantry on campus. Nathalie Rinehardt, assistant dean of students, said it is one of many programs they started to help the students financially hit by the pandemic.

"From, 'I need to suddenly go home,' (or) 'I didn't have enough money for air fare,' to needing money for gas, to a lot of our students who just couldn't work anymore," Rinehardt said.

She said they are also working to get rid of the stigma on food insecurity so students in need feel more inclined to use it.

NDSU opened its own food pantry for students last Fall.