HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A new report shows a significant number of Hillsborough Community College students are dealing with hunger. It has become so much of an issue that faculty members are now stepping in to help. 

  • Hillsborough Community College opens food pantry for students
  • 30 percent of student body dealing with hunger
  • Students can take home nutritious food

After realizing her students were suffering, Anthropology Professor Rebecca Todd decided to work with other faculty members to open the 'Food Education Depot.'

The store, which opened at the beginning of the school year, is stocked with nutritious food that students can take home. 

The food is provided by Feeding Tampa Bay in collaboration with the HCC Foundation. 

The school says 30 percent of its student body is dealing with hunger.  More than 35 hundred pounds of food were handed out last semester. 

Other Hillsborough Community College campuses have recently launched similar programs to end student hunger. 

All students need to use the Food Education Depot is a valid student ID. 

WATCH the video above to hear from students and faculty on this new program that is shedding light on an alarming trend: