Their idea follows the University of California, who partnered with a program called Swipe Out Hunger that works with colleges and meal providers to allows students to give their prepaid meals to needy classmates or homeless people.
“By introducing a Swipe Out Hunger program at Spelman and Morehouse, we would directly impact student hunger and raise awareness on the issues impacting our fellow students experiencing hunger and homelessness while in college,” Mary-Pat Hector, a Spelman student, explained to Crossroads.
Students want to convince school officials and campus food provider Aramark to modify the process to let students donate unused meals to their peers who can’t afford a meal plan. Administrators appear to be listening to the campus community’s concerns.
The hunger strikers raise a “very concerning” issue of widespread food insecurity on campus, said Joyce Davis, Spelman’s director of marketing and communications. The college administration will schedule a meeting with the strikers about the issue, Davis added.
“In the meantime, we are engaging our vice president of student affairs, Darnita Killian, to determine the extent of the problem on Spelman’s campus,” Davis said. “No student should go hungry. We look forward to working with Aramark as we continue to explore the extent of the problem.”
A Morehouse spokesperson is checking with administrators about the issue, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
College officials would have to request any changes, Aramark said. Karen Cutler, a spokesperson for the company, said her employer can develop a plan with the college.
New Sexual Harassment Allegation Puts Spotlight On Powerful Black Men In Hollywood
22 Illustrious HBCU Alums
1. Taraji P. Henson1 of 22
2. Barbara Jordan2 of 22
3. Kweisi Mfume3 of 22
4. Common4 of 22
5. Toni Morrison5 of 22
6. Colbert I. King6 of 22
7. Keshia Knight Pulliam7 of 22
8. Herman Cain8 of 22
9. Spike Lee9 of 22
10. Phylicia Rashad10 of 22
11. Jerry Rice11 of 22
12. Ed Bradley12 of 22
13. David Banner13 of 22
14. Rod Paige14 of 22
15. Esther Rolle15 of 22
16. Dr. Regina Benjamin16 of 22
17. Wanda Sykes17 of 22
18. Steve "Air II" McNair18 of 22
19. Pam Oliver19 of 22
20. Jacque Reid20 of 22
21. The Honorable Thurgood Marshall21 of 22
22. Honorable Mentions: Illustrious HBCU Dropouts22 of 22
Spelman And Morehouse College Students Go On Hunger Strike was originally published on newsone.com