About two dozen students at Spelman College and Morehouse College began a hunger strike on November 2 to draw attention to raise awareness about food insecurity and hunger on college campuses nationwide and also on their own campuses. The hunger strikers, members of the National Action Network, were asking that meals on prepaid food plans at the schools that were not used be donated to hungry students or the homeless in the area.
After meeting with administrators at both colleges, members of the National Action Network, reached an agreement that up to 14,000 meals would be made available to hungry students annually. The hunger strike was called off.
In a letter to the campus community, Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College pledged support for efforts to combat food insecurity. “No student should go hungry on our campus,” President Campbell wrote. “We take this opportunity to thank the members of the NAN Spelhouse Collegiate Chapter for highlighting the scale of a growing problem.”