Auburn’s Powers to talk hunger on college campuses with congressional committee

Published: September 07, 2021

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Alicia Powers, managing director of the Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University, will participate in a roundtable on hunger across college campuses with the U.S. House Rules Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 am CT.

“Ending Hunger in America: Hunger on College Campuses” will be livestreamed at The event is the eighth in a series of committee events highlighting the reality of food insecurity in America and examining the steps that Congress and the Biden administration could take to equitably combat it.

“Hunger impacts virtually every college campus in America today, regardless of whether it is located in a wealthy neighborhood or a small town,” said Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (D-MA). “It is estimated that as many as 59 percent of college students will confront food insecurity at some point, threatening their ability to graduate and achieve their professional goals. As back-to-school season kicks off, now is the time for this important discussion as the committee works to end hunger and encourage the White House to hold a hunger conference.”

Others participating in the roundtable are: Joseph Ray, acting director of counseling and placement, Allen University; Sara Goldrick-Rab, president and founder, The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University; Ruben Canedo, director of strategic equity initiatives, University of California, Berkeley; and Rachel Sumekh, CEO and founder, Swipe Out Hunger.