Al Lawson’s Let’s Feed America Campaign
The cost of a diploma does not stop with tuition; housing, food, transportation, and books all factor into the decision to pursue higher education. Unfortunately, the cost of college has increased significantly in the last decade and for many Americans, this avenue to a brighter future has become unaffordable. An increasing number of students are forced to make hard choices between paying for food over books, or for transportation over necessities.
In Florida’s 5th Congressional District, several institutions like Florida State University, University of North Florida, Tallahassee Community College, North Florida Community College, Florida A&M University, Florida State College at Jacksonville, and Florida Gateway College, among others, have adopted a deliberate response against hunger by opening food banks on their campuses.
Here are a few of the major actions I have already taken on behalf of our college students:
- Rep. Lawson sends letter to Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos asking to study food insecurity on college campuses through the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study
- Tallahassee Community College President and Board of Trustees meeting to discuss Pell Grants and Student Loans in North Florida
- Rep. Lawson in an original cosponsor for the All-Year ACCESS Act, Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act, Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, POST GRAD Act, and the Direct Connect to Success Act.