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New documentary from ex-CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien tells stories of NYC CUNY college students experiencing hunger, homelessness


Added 11-08-19 12:13:02am EST - “The documentary follows Peters and three other college students from New Jersey and Pennsylvania as they navigate financial hardship, housing insecurity and hunger in pursuit of their degrees.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “New documentary from ex-CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien tells stories of NYC CUNY college students experiencing hunger, homelessness”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

For years, Shaquara Peters thought she was the only student at CUNY’s Lehman College in the Bronx sleeping in a homeless shelter and struggling to cobble together enough money for her next meal.

“Things were scary,” she recalled. “There were always times when people were making fun of me.”

But Peters confided in a director of the college’s food pantry, who reassured her she was far from alone. The staffer told Peters about a group of filmmakers working on a documentary about the growing ranks of college students who experience food insecurity and homelessness.

More than two years later, Peters is a graduate of Lehman College with a degree in nutrition. And the film, a documentary called “Hungry to Learn” produced by ex-CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, is set to premiere Saturday at the DOC NYC festival in Manhattan. Peters is one of four students featured.

The documentary follows Peters and three other college students from New Jersey and Pennsylvania as they navigate financial hardship, housing insecurity and hunger in pursuit of their degrees.

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