Judy Chu Intros Bill to Address College Hunger
Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and Congressman Roger Marshall (R-KS) on Thursday introduced legislation to address hunger and food insecurity among college students. The Campus Hunger Reduction Act would make higher education institutions eligible for the Community Food Projects grant program, a grant available through the Department of Agriculture that helps nonprofits and public agencies address hunger through food distribution, outreach, increased self-reliance, and more. According to a recent study by researchers at Temple University and the college affordability-focused Wisconsin HOPE Lab, more than 36% of four-year college and university students and 42% of two-year community college students struggle with having enough food to eat, while 10% of community college students and 6% of university students reported not eating for an entire day. “Hungry students are also at a disadvantage in class where they have a harder time paying attention and meeting their full potential,” Chu said. “Congress’ obligation to ensuring nobody goes hungry does not vanish when they enter college. That is what this bill is meant to address by extending this existing grant program to include institutions of higher education.” More here.