November 15, 2017
Members of the Morehouse College Community:
Food insecurity – the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food – is common at colleges and universities across the country. Nationwide, food insecurity currently impacts an estimated 14 percent of households. Here at Morehouse College, a growing number of students are struggling to meet the financial expectations while working to meet the demands of a rigorous academic program. This issue was brought to the attention of the administration after students in the Morehouse National Action Network Collegiate Chapter engaged in a hunger strike.
In an effort to provide a better experience for our students, the Division of the Student Services, in partnership with Morehouse (Aramark) Dining Services, is launching the My Brother's Keeper Student Food Security Pilot Program to support students of Morehouse who are challenged with affording an adequate meal plan while matriculating during the course of an academic semester. Morehouse is an institution that has fought for social justice for all mankind for over 150 years and is very proud to partner with Aramark to answer the call of the students in the National Action Network, namely Christopher McCullough, Shawn Swinton, Dre’Kevious Gibbs, Devin Joiner, Malik Culzac and John Cooper, to realize the nation’s first HBCU Swipe Out Hunger Program.
To receive a meal voucher, currently enrolled students must complete and submit the request form. Once submitted, it should be noted that all information will be held confidential, and a representative from the Division of the Student Services will be in contact with you. Additionally, the link to gain access to the request form will also be located on the Housing and Residential Education, Student Life and Dean of the College websites.
I trust that the My Brother’s Keeper Student Food Security Pilot Program will provide the necessary support for those students who desire assistance with securing a meal. If you have any questions or require any additional support, please do not hesitate to contact me, as I may be reached via e-mail at Maurice.Washington@morehouse.edu.