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TCC discusses the problem of poverty on campus

Posted at 6:19 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 18:19:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The pain of poverty, it's even felt on college campuses.

Tallahassee Community College is working to serve students who face this struggle every day.

43 percent of students on TCC’s campus are low-income. The college is actually launching a food pantry that's available to students. It opens on Friday.

As part of Social Justice Week, the college took a deep dive into all aspects of life in poverty.

Dr. Ruby Payne says one important part of transitioning out of poverty is changing the way of thinking. But she admits it's difficult to navigate through college while in poverty.

“Only one out of nine individuals actually graduate with a bachelors degree. And one of the issues is that its hard because it’s not just about money," said Dr. Payne. "It’s the fact that you don’t have a support system."

TCC wants to be that support system. That's the reason for the food pantry.

The pantry will be called Talon’s Market. Again, it opens on Friday.