We are leading the fight against food insecurity

October 18, 2019

In the wealthiest country in the world, nobody should go hungry.

Last year, I met with a group of Portland State University students that shared heart-wrenching stories of their struggles with food insecurity, and I was moved. I committed to partnering with PSU to work towards solutions. Now, they are leading the way.  

I'm proud to say that Portland State University is now the first four-year college in the U.S. to receive money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Training and Education Program—which also funds food stamps. PSU was recently awarded a grant of nearly $300,000 from SNAP to help low-income students who struggle to meet basic needs. 

This money will go a long way. It will fund a full-time case manager to connect vulnerable students with necessary resources, award reimbursements to eligible students for tuition, books, childcare, and transportation, as well as assist more students with food stamp applications. 

College students have a right to the resources they need to succeed. We should do our part. With our country facing issues like the climate crisis, housing, and healthcare, just to name a few, these young leaders are some of the individuals that will pave the way for a better tomorrow. My hope is that our success in acquiring this grant sets off a trend for colleges and universities around the country to invest in tackling the epidemic of hungry students on college campuses. 

We have a long way to go, but this is a great start.