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Rep. Chu Calls for Action on Campus Hunger

March 8, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, a new survey of 40,000 students from 57 community colleges revealed that over 50% of students either couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals or worried about running out of food. According to the study, 41% of students skipped meals for financial reasons, and 12% said they would go entire days without eating because they did not have enough money. Last Congress, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), introduced the Campus Hunger Reduction Act, which would make institutions of higher education eligible for the Community Food Projects grant program, which helps nonprofits and public agencies address hunger through food distribution, education, outreach, and increased self-reliance. Rep. Chu issued the following statement:

“As a former educator, I know just how difficult it can be for students to learn when they are too busy being hungry. But now, thanks to this new study, we have a better sense of just how many students are struggling. It’s clear that the changing demographics of college students and the rising cost of college is forcing greater and greater sacrifices from those who want a higher education, but nutrition should not be one of them. These students are also largely suffering in silence. This is a failure but one we can help to fix. That’s why I will once again be introducing my bill to enable our colleges and universities to build out programs and partnerships to alleviate hunger among the students they serve.”