Swipe Out Hunger - Spelhouse
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In the tradition of our institutions we the National Action Network Spelhouse Collegiate Chapter and the Morehouse Student Government Association are standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are experiencing food insecurity during their matriculation at Spelman and Morehouse College. We understand that this problem is not new and has been a prominent issue on campuses across the country. As two of the most notable Historically Black College and Universities across the nation, it is imperative that we stand as pioneers in swiping out hunger on Historically Black College and Universities. As students who hold value in the creeds of our institutions, we cannot make a choice to change the world without doing so on campus first. We cannot live lives as agents of change while we idly stand by as our peers go without food. We have a solution to this momentous problem which is Swipe Out Hunger.
Swipe Out Hunger is an initiative that can be found implemented on many Aramark campuses in the country. We understand these institutions were predominantly white institutions and feel Aramark should do the same at Spelman and Morehouse.
There are approximately 4,381 Spelman and Morehouse College students, of these students 1,404 face food insecurity while on campus due to the lack of financially being able to afford a meal plan. We understand that while these students are on campus it may be the only time these students will be able to eat for the day. Students who have meal plans may waste unused swipes from their meal plans and they should be able to donate these swipes to their peers in need. These numbers do not include the students on our campus who are vegan, vegetarian, allergic to lactose, gluten or other dietary restrictions who are food insecure on campus.
We are aware that both institutions have their individual contracts with Aramark which could have a negative impact on implementing Swipe Out Hunger on campus and addressing student hunger. We are asking our institutions to revive their contracts with the company Aramark.
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