Between classes, two part-time jobs and her daughter's dance class, Anya Welsh stops by a tiny room tucked away in a trailer behind a building at Howard Community College to pick up cereal, tuna and other food items.
For Welsh, a single mom from Ukraine who lives paycheck to paycheck, the opening of a food pantry on the college's campus is a lifesaver. Launched on Tuesday, the food pantry provides food and personal care items to the college's growing low-income population.
"We come to school hungry, starving and exhausted. Having this is everything," Welsh said, especially for single parents like her who cannot make it on food vouchers alone.