University students are hungry for more than knowledge.

Food insecurity among post-secondary students is a “deepening problem,” Lakehead University assistant professor Barbara Parker told an audience Tuesday during a Research and Innovation Week presentation at the Orillia campus.

A 2016 study by Meal Exchange, the results of which were published in Maclean’s magazine, surveyed more than 4,000 students in Canada. Lakehead shared the unfortunate first place with Dalhousie University for having the highest rate of students experiencing food insecurity: 46 per cent. What further set Lakehead apart was 14.7 per cent of those surveyed were “severely food insecure,” while that figure for Dalhousie was 9.1 per cent