National Institute on Aging

Spelman and Morehouse Students Reach Agreement to Call Off Hunger Strike

About two dozen students at Spelman College and Morehouse College began a hunger strike on November 2 to draw attention to raise awareness about food insecurity and hunger on college campuses nationwide and also on their own campuses. The hunger strikers, members of the National Action Network, were asking that meals on prepaid food plans at the schools that were not used be donated to hungry students or the homeless in the area.

After meeting with administrators at both colleges, members of the National Action Network, reached an agreement that up to 14,000 meals would be made available to hungry students annually. The hunger strike was called off.

In a letter to the campus community, Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College pledged support for efforts to combat food insecurity. “No student should go hungry on our campus,” President Campbell wrote. “We take this opportunity to thank the members of the NAN Spelhouse Collegiate Chapter for highlighting the scale of a growing problem.”


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  1. Tharyel L. Smith says:

    As a former student at Morehouse, I am proud of my young brothers and Spelman sisters for joining in this effort that not only plagues our primary schools but secondary as well. There were times that even though I received prepaid meals, I had friends at other institutions nearby that didn’t. It’s enough to have to pay for an education, feeding your body as well as your mind shouldn’t be a challenge either. Kudos to ” SPELHOUSE “!

  2. Michael Flanigan says:

    Well done Spelman and Morehouse NAN members. Ensuring that the needy among us are fed is truly a noble deed.

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