An independent news publication of
United Way of Lancaster County


Millersville U., The Hub expand food assistance with state grant

The Hub’s executive director, Jacob Marino, listens as Pa. First Lady Frances Wolf discusses student food insecurity during her visit to The Hub’s Campus Cupboard on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher)

Millersville University will receive $40,000 to maintain and advance its “Hunger-Free Campus” initiatives, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced this week.

The grant is Millersville’s second under the program. The school will use it to further expand its ongoing partnership with The Hub, a campus social service ministry located at 121 N. George St.

The previous grant, also $40,000, was used by The Hub to expand its kitchen and Campus Cupboard and make its bathrooms handicap accessible.

The new grant will allow the Hub to open a branch outlet, or “Sub HUB Station,” at Millersville’s Student Memorial Center. It will offer information and serve as a nexus for food collection, distribution and sharing.

The money will also underwrite the provision of food distribution and at least one hot meal over the university’s holiday break, Millersville said.

Millersville is one of 30 higher education institutions statewide receiving a total of $1 million in Hunger-Free Campus grants.

“These grants will help colleges and universities across Pennsylvania improve and introduce programs to fight hunger and ensure students from every background have the freedom to chart their own course and the opportunity to succeed in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Josh Shapiro said.

Hunger-Free Campus was launched under then-Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration in 2022. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology received $20,000 through the program in 2023.