Spring 2017


HSU Inspires New Law on Student Hunger

Shirley Weber & Jennifer Maguire Calif. Assemblymember Shirley Weber worked closely with HSU Professor Jennifer Maguire to draft a bill on food assistance for college students. Submitted

A DEDICATED GROUP at HSU played an important part of a new California law that expands efforts to tackle hunger among college students.

Authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), Assembly Bill 1747 Food Assistance: Higher Education Students takes several steps toward ending student hunger, like providing funding to support partnerships between college food pantries and local food banks. The measure also supports CalFresh outreach programs and requires colleges to annually inform students of food assistance programs.

Major portions of the law were inspired by programs and research headed by HSU Social Work Professor Jennifer Maguire and Health Education Coordinator Mira Friedman. Leading up to measure’s approval, they testified in front of state lawmakers about HSU’s efforts to address student hunger. They outlined the development of Oh SNAP!, HSU’s program to alleviate hunger, and shared how HSU became one of the first universities in the nation to accept EBT cards so that students can use CalFresh benefits on campus.

“This law is a great move for California. Colleges will see more support from the state to address hunger among students and that can go a long way to ensuring student success. But we’re also just beginning to address this issue. Much work still needs to be done,” Maguire says.