New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis announced funding Monday for the Hunger-Free Campus Act, which became law in May.
Smith Ellis will determine the amount of each grant awarded to New Jersey colleges to address food insecurity among students. Within two years, Smith Ellis will be required to submit a report to Gov. Phil Murphy and the Legislature detailing the number and amounts of grants awarded, the impact of the program on establishing additional hunger-free campuses at public colleges and reducing the number of students experiencing food insecurity, and recommendations for the programs’ expansion.
College affordability is about more than just tuition and fees.
“College affordability is about more than just tuition and fees,” Smith Ellis said. “Food insecurity faced by students on campus is a real issue that needs to be addressed to help students be successful and obtain their degree. Through leadership in the state, we are excited to be able to administer the Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program to assist campuses in finding innovative and sustainable solutions to help their students.”
The Hunger-Free Campus Act act is part of a 14-bill anti-hunger initiative spearheaded by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-19th District. The act was sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, 35th District; Mila Jasey, 27th District; Raj Mukherji, 33rd District; and Yvonne Lopez, 19th District.