Bill to launch hunger-reduction programs in New Mexico colleges passes Committee


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM)- Today, House Bill 69, “Reduce College Hunger Pilot Program” sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary and Rep. Christine Trujillo, passed the House Education Committee in New Mexico.

According to a release, the bill would make a $100,000 allocation to establish pilot programs on campuses to feed students without enough money to purchase meals and groceries.

A national study from the University of Wisconsin found that a full 36% of college students in the U.S. are not getting enough to eat.

“It’s a misconception that all students on our campuses and their families are well off or even financially stable,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary in a release.

If implemented, according to the release, the pilot program would compile data on the rates of hunger on campuses and the best ways to address it. 

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

KTSM Video Center

El Chuco Inspirations: Unique candle company thrives amid pandemic

Otero County inmates get workforce training

Fort Bliss holds town hall over work safe order

9 on 9: Inside Crime Stoppers of El Paso

Celebrating Earth Day with eco friendly landscaping

The Legacy Continues

More El Paso News
Advertise with KTSM 9 Link