TEMPE, AZ - Food pantries are opening up at colleges across the country to combat food insecurity on campus.
"As the program has progressed throughout the past year or so we've definitely seen an increase in students," said Becky Bender of Arizona State University's Pitchfork Pantry.
ASU, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University all have pantries on campus assisting "hundreds" of students each semester.
According to a recent study by the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, 48 percent of students reported experiencing food insecurity in the past month. Twenty-two percent experienced "very low levels" of food security -- enough to qualify as hungry.
"It's very eye-opening to see that there are people in need who don't really look like it," Bender said.