In the middle of Hunger Action Month, the Wolf Administration is gathering input from what may be an unlikely group experiencing food insecurity: college students. 

After helping to kick off Hunger Action Month last week, First Lady Frances Wolf sat down with college students to learn more about the issue of food insecurity college students are facing.

“Something as elemental that so many of us take for granted, the idea of food. When that’s removed from someones life, they cannot function,” says First Lady Frances Wolf.

While most hunger-related issues are focused on families living below the poverty line, hunger is prevalent on college campuses. A report released by the Government Accountability Office in 2019 showed at least one in three college students are food insecure. Students say being able to talk to Government officials about hunger issues is crucial.

“Being able to relate that to the people who are actually in the power to do something besides just in our small campus but statewide was very important to me,” explains Daisy Rodriguez, a Senior at Cabrini University.

First Lady Frances Wolf and other members of the Food Security Partnership Team sat down with college students to identify areas of hunger relief that could be implemented or improved on. The Department of Human Services previously expanded SNAP to include Community College students. While that was a start, officials say students would like to see the program expanded to all colleges.

“We heard today what a big difference that has made in helping to address food insecurity, and really heard if we can expand that beyond community colleges, that would be great, which is something we’re looking at,” says Teresa Miller, Secretary of the PA Department of Human Services.

Governor Wolf established the Food Security Partnership team in 2015. The group has identified 9 goals to make Pennsylvania hunger-free by 2020. They can be viewed here: http://dhs.pa.gov/ending-hunger/about/blueprint/index.htm