Many different interventions are in place to precent or alleviate hunger among students and staff. For example: 

  • In February 2021, Pen State released the Food and Housing Security Task Force Report that included a baseline analysis of the issues and recommendations. The food pantries on all campuses are dedicated to supporting food insecure students/staff on campus. A listing can be found on the Food Support and Basic Resources website. 
  • Former President Eric Barron and his wife Molly made a gift to establish a Food Security Endowment to support the purchase of University meal plans for undergraduates encountering food insecurity. 
  • Penn State researchers, focusing on Pennsylvania, analyzed survey data to assess the most recent levels of household food security, how food security has changed over the course of the pandemic, and how households in different income brackets have experienced the crisis. They also assessed how families have adapted to food insufficiency by accessing free food and released their findings in a Data Brief titled “Pennsylvania Food Insufficiency Reached New High at the End of 2020.”