As a Penn State student, I think that it can be agreed upon that the overwhelming stress of coursework and on-the-go atmosphere of State College can be burdensome. The last thing that the faculty of Penn State wants is for their students’ education to be restricted from lack of monetary funds. Statistics reflect a disconnect between the “unparalleled access” as stated in the mission statement and poverty on campus. The Pell Grant is given to Penn State students who attend the school while their household income is below the poverty line. Today, 17% of University Park students receive the Pell Grant, and 95 students indicated to be homeless, 35 of these were verified homeless on last academic year’s FASFA form.

.As rates and awareness of student poverty have gone up, Penn State has taken a stand against it by introducing awareness campaigns, fight nights, food drives, and many more initiatives to alleviate the troubles of poverty. Penn State offers resources to students in many shapes and forms; some especially deserving programs include Lion’s Pantry, Project Cahir, Poverty Fight Night, and All In, all of which do inspirational work in the Penn State community. For more information about each of these initiatives, organizations, and campaigns, refer to the Project Cahir resource card or the Project Cahir website at

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