Dear [title] [last name],
A 2019 survey of Philadelphia area college students showed that 38% of college students were food insecure1 and more than 170,000 individuals who started school, but did not finish school, due to economic concerns2. Those numbers have only grown since the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked economic havoc on Pennsylvania families and students, disproportionately impacting Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students. As we create an economic recovery plan for all Pennsylvanians, we cannot afford to lose more students dropping out of college because they can’t meet their basic needs.
As a proud Pennsylvanian, I know that our state will not sit by as our students go hungry; instead, we will rise to the challenge to end hunger on our college campuses once and for all. One way in which you can help us to end hunger on our state's campuses is by passing the Hunger-Free Campus Bill (introduced by Rep. Kenyatta and Rep. O'Mara) this legislative session.
This bill has proven success in California several times over3 and has passed New Jersey and Maryland help reduce food insecurity rates on campus and establish a sustainable system of campus administrations serving students' basic needs.
I know that during this challenging financial year, there will be several tough budgetary decisions. But it is while facing the toughest of challenges that a state and its leaders show which issues matter to them. We ask that you show that Pennsylvania believes in standing by its most vulnerable students. By passing the Hunger-Free Campus bill this session, we will provide a path for the future leaders of our state to grow, learn, and thrive without having to choose between food and their degree.
Thank you for your time and attention.