Reviews & Quotes

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab | Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University | Founding Director of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
“There’s a crisis on college campuses and most students, staff, and faculty are unaware. Hungry to Learn is an informative, engaging wake-up call.”

Educational Media Reviews Online | Alex Harrington, Access Services & Instruction Librarian, Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State University
Highly Recommended Hungry to Learn highlights a problem that too many people don’t see, even though it is right in front of all of us who work in higher education: hunger among college students ... This film demonstrates (in its own words) that 'the adage of the starving college student is no longer just an adage,' but it ends on a high note, focusing on the efforts of individuals and groups working to make a difference at various levels, from volunteering in a food bank, to providing scholarships to those in need, to advocating for meaningful policy change.

The Daily Beast Lloyd Grove, Editor At Large
"Hungry to Learn tracks the struggles of four college students from families that can’t help them financially as they try to meet their academic obligations while taking onerous loans and working at off-campus jobs—frequently facing the cruel choice of either eating or paying their semester fees...It’s the sort of in-depth journalism that O’Brien wishes were more the norm than the exception in the Age of Trump."

Tamron Hall Show | ABC
“This is across the board. This is not white, black, Latino… this is everybody…”

NY Daily News
"When you need college to get out of poverty, how do you do it with all these life challenges trying to suck you under every day?”

PIX11 News Betty Nguyen
"This is powerful."

AOL Build Series | Ricky Camilleri
"A necessary, important documentary about a story that I don't think a lot of people know about. We know that 40 million people are homeless in this country. We never talk about what those homeless people are trying to do with their lives. Some are trying to get a college degree."

The Golden Mean Podcast | Michael Golden
"I loved it...It broke my heart and inspired me at the same time. I don't know how you can do better with a documentary."