Kenyatta to host Policy hearing on hunger free campus legislation Wednesday in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 27 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss combatting widespread food insecurity among college and university students across Pennsylvania.

The hearing will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St., 19123. Members of the public and media are invited to attend.

Kenyatta, who personally struggled with hunger as a college student, requested the hearing to also talk about legislation, H.B. 2055, that he introduced with Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, that would create a grant program to help colleges and universities eliminate campus hunger. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and O’Mara.

The current hearing agenda is:

10 a.m.  Welcome and opening remarks.     

10:10 a.m.  Cathy Buhrig, director, Bureau of Policy for the Office of Income

                   Maintenance, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

10:40 a.m.   Panel One:

• Aaron Rey Ebreo, director of student basic needs, Temple Student Government. 

• Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder, Hope Center for College, Community and Justice and professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology, Temple University.

11:20 a.m.  Panel Two:

• Pam Frontino, associate director of Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs,

West Chester University.

• Allison Mootz, vice president and dean of Student Affairs, Manor College.

12 p.m.    Closing remarks.  

The hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.