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Wolf Administration Announces Launch of PA Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program

by Pennsylvania Department of Education

Wolf Administration Announces Launch of PA Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education (OPHE) Monday announced the launch of the 2022-2023 PA Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program.

“Access to healthy food helps students to stay focused, learn, and grow, but many postsecondary students face financial barriers to filling this basic need,” said Acting Secretary Hagarty. “The PA Hunger-Free Campus Initiative and grant gives Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities the opportunity to further combat hunger on their campuses. Programs funded through this grant will help make sure students have what they need to continue their education without the distraction of food insecurity.”

Through the 2022-2023 PA Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program, colleges with the PA Hunger-Free Campus or PA Hunger-Free Campus+ designation may apply for competitive funding in an amount up to:

Applications should be submitted through the eGrants system. Additional information about the grant, is available on the Pennsylvania Hunger-Free Campus Initiative PDE webpage.

In his most recent budget, Governor Tom Wolf – with the help of First Lady Frances Wolf – successfully advocated for $1 million to support postsecondary institutions’ efforts in addressing student hunger needs on campus. Beginning in August 2022, postsecondary institutions were invited to apply for the PA Hunger-Free Campus or PA Hunger-Free Campus+ designation to demonstrate their commitment to addressing these needs and diminishing barriers for learners.

Postsecondary institutions that received a PA Hunger-Free Campus+ designation implemented additional innovative solutions to address student hunger and other basic needs for their campus community in conjunction with demonstrating additional criteria. Examples of these initiatives included offering a variety of meal plans, including an option that provides ten or fewer meals weekly to avoid interfering with SNAP eligibility, creating or implementing meal-sharing programs, educating student leaders on campus to develop student-centered programs, or facilitating innovative community partnerships.

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM. Award recipients will be notified in December 2022.

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