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Millersville U., Thaddeus Stevens College share in Hunger-Free Campus grants

Surrounded by students, First Lady Frances Wolf speaks about the Hunger Free Campus initiative at Biemesderfer Hall at Millersville University on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher)

Millersville University and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology are among 28 Pennsylvania educational institutions receiving Hunger-Free Campus grants, the Wolf administration announced Wednesday.

Millersville is receiving $40,000, while Thaddeus Stevens is receiving $20,000. That’s in line with the maximum grant amounts, which are as follows:

⦁ $20,000 for institutions with 3,000 or fewer students;
⦁ $40,000 for institutions with 3,001 to 7,000 students;
⦁ $60,000 for institutions with 7,001 students or more.

Millersville’s undergraduate enrollment is around 6,300 students; Thaddeus Stevens’ is around 1,200.

First Lady Frances Wolf and acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty announced the Hunger-Free Campus initiative at an event at Millersville last year. Campuses must secure a designation as Hunger-Free or Hunger-Free-Plus to apply for the grants, which are competitive.

In all, the 2022-23 grant initiative is distributing $1 million statewide. Recipients are to put the funds toward programs that reduce student food insecurity, such as meal-sharing programs, partnerships with community food banks and so on.