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U.S Representative Al Lawson visits FSU's food pantry, discusses food insecurity

Posted at 6:29 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 18:29:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Hunger is a problem at schools across the nation but sometimes we don't associate it with college campuses.

On Wednesday afternoon, U.S Representative Al Lawson was on campus at Florida State University.

Lawson specifically wanted to tour the food pantry on campus at FSU. Lawson recently partnered with Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Student Hunger Act of 2019.

The legislation would allow low-income college students to have access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known more commonly as SNAP benefits.

Lawson says in his district there are almost 100,000 students and food insecurity is a big issue.

"People don't know what its really like trying to go through college, matriculate through college and at the same time need food assistance. So I was real happy to see the food pantry," said Lawson. "To see what they're doing and see all the students that have volunteered to make it work for everyone else."

Lawson also spoke about his own experience with food insecurity as a child and how it continued into his collegiate career.

He has made it his mission to bring light to hunger on college campuses.

Lawson was impressed with FSU's food pantry. It is on track to serve more than 1,700 students this year, an increase over the 1,400 students served in 2018.