Muhlenberg Hosts Hunger Free Campus SymposiumSponsored by the College’s chapter of Challah for Hunger, the program will bring visibility to food insecurity on college campuses.
By: Kristine Yahna Todaro Friday, October 8, 2021 00:46 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused increased levels of food insecurity for college students, and students of color are disproportionately impacted. Food insecurity now impacts nearly one-third of college students at four-year institutions and nearly of two-thirds students at two-year institutions.
On Sunday, October 24, Muhlenberg College will host the Hunger Free Campus Symposium, 2-4:00 p.m., in Miller Forum, Moyer Hall, to bring attention to both the issue and potential solutions.
Registration is required. The event is free and open to the public but masks are required. Light refreshments will be served.
Speakers will include Pennsylvania State Representatives Malcolm Kenyatta and Mike Schlossberg and Congresswoman Susan Wild. Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey and First Lady Frances Wolf will provide video remarks during the symposium.
Natalie David, '22 (left), president of Muhlenberg College Challah for Hunger and a mentor for Challah for Hunger nationally, says, “Food insecurity in higher education is a problem that is wholly solvable, but college students, administrators, and state and federal legislators must work together to create sustainable and equitable solutions. Over the past three years, Muhlenberg has taken great strides in addressing food insecurity with initiatives such as emergency grants and the MULE Community Cabinet. Imagine how much more can be done to support students in the Lehigh Valley if our legislators invested in student well-being?”
David advocates for SNAP to be expanded, eligibility restrictions for college students lifted and Hunger Free Campus Legislation passed. In Pennsylvania, if passed, this legislation would provide $1 million in funding for anti-hunger initiatives in public institutions. On the federal level, the EATS Act would eliminate the long-standing 20 hour/week work requirement for college students and would ensure that nearly 4 million college students have the resources they need to thrive.
“No one should have to make the choice between getting their education or struggling to get their next meal,” says Arielle Weinberger '22, education and advocacy director of Muhlenberg College Challah for Hunger. “The well-being of our students is the well-being of our future and it’s legislation like Hunger Free Campus Grant Legislation and the EATS Act that will give students access to these rights.”
David says, “More than ever, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed inequalities along racial and economic lines, and it is time we create a more equitable future for all college students through passing Hunger Free Campus Grant Legislation and the EATS Act.”