ESU Awarded PA Hunger-Free Campus Grant

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Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on January 30, 2023, No Comments

East Stroudsburg University has been awarded the PA Hunger-Free Grant in the amount of $40,000 to address food insecurity on campus. The grant, meant to advance student food security efforts across the state, is awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the former Pennsylvania Office of the First Lady (Frances Wolf).

The Hunger-Free Campus initiative includes building a coalition of colleges and universities focused on addressing hunger and other basic needs for their students; creating opportunities for connection among student hunger advocates; providing resources and strategies for campuses; and supporting opportunities to apply for grants related to addressing food insecurity.

Dr. Laura Suits-Dolan, interim director of health and wellness, says “ESU’s goals of this grant are to increase access to nutritious food, increase access the Warrior Food Pantry, create a culture of donation, complete assessment to ensure food insecurity is addressed in equitable ways, and increase awareness of food insecurity and solutions for our campus community.”

According to Bailey Higgins, ESU’s health and wellness case manager, one in three college students in Pennsylvania face food insecurity. “These funds will help us better support our students and their families.”

For more information about ESU’s Hunger-Free Campus designation please contact Dr. Suits-Dolan at (570) 422-3298 or email or Higgins at (570) 422-2845 or email