A group of nine people stands in a conference room with an American flag and the Massachusetts state flag behind them. They are posing for a photo, and most are smiling. The group includes individuals of different ages and ethnic backgrounds. Two people in the front row are holding signs that read, "Student hunger is REAL. We can END it. PASS HUNGER FREE CAMPUS" and "I SUPPORT HUNGER FREE CAMPUSES." The setting appears to be an official or formal environment, possibly a government building, indicated by the podium with a state seal. The room is decorated with a blue and floral patterned carpet and white paneling on the walls.

MA students urge lawmakers to fund campus anti-hunger efforts

Massachusetts is the eighth state to establish a K-12 universal meal program, but food insecurity doesn’t disappear with a high school diploma. As community college enrollment increases, student groups are asking state lawmakers to fund campus anti-hunger programs as they further public investment in higher education, to help ensure students make it to graduation.

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