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Chairman McGovern Announces Roundtable Examining Hunger on College Campuses 

Eighth in a series of events examining the steps Congress and the Biden administration could take to finally end food insecurity in this country  

WASHINGTON, DC — Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (D-MA) today announced that the committee will be holding a roundtable examining hunger across college campuses on Wednesday, September 8th at 11:30am EDT. The event is the eighth in a series of committee events highlighting the reality of food insecurity in America and examining the steps that Congress and the Biden administration could take to equitably combat it. Ending Hunger in America: Hunger on College Campuses follows the committee roundtable earlier this week, Ending Hunger in America: Food as Medicine.

“Hunger impacts virtually every college campus in America today, regardless of whether it is located in a wealthy neighborhood or a small town. It is estimated that as many as 59 percent of college students will confront food insecurity at some point, threatening their ability to graduate and achieve their professional goals. As back to school season kicks off, now is the time for this important discussion as the committee works to end hunger and encourage the White House to hold a hunger conference,” said Chairman McGovern.  

Chairman McGovern recently asked Americans to share their experiences, research, and possible solutions to help guide the committee in this work. He has also called for a substantive, policy-focused White House hunger conference to create the roadmap to end hunger by 2030, which the United Nations has called for. 

Co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus, McGovern authored legislation which created the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. Now in its third decade, McGovern-Dole aims to provide at least one nutritious meal a day to some of the world’s most vulnerable children in a school setting. It has reduced the incidence of hunger among school-age children, increased school enrollments and attendance, and increased the support of families and communities for education. He also founded the bipartisan Food is Medicine working group in Congress to highlight how critical healthy meals are for American families.

What: Ending Hunger in America: Hunger on College Campuses

Who: 

  • Dr. Alicia Powers, Managing Director, Hunger Solutions Institute, Auburn University

  • Dr. Joseph Ray, Acting Director of Counseling and Placement, Allen University

  • Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, President & Founder, The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University

  • Ruben Canedo, Director, Strategic Equity Initiatives, University of California, Berkeley

  • Rachel Sumekh, CEO and Founder, Swipe Out Hunger

         

When: Wednesday, September 8th at 11:30am EDT

Where: This proceeding will be streamed live on rules.house.gov via Cisco Webex

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