The Center urges congress to remove barriers to SNAP

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice / May 08, 2023

Female Grocery Food Shopping

It is essential for Congress to remove barriers to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that prevent college students from accessing critical food assistance and reform the program’s complex eligibility rules to support postsecondary attainment and workforce development.

Today’s economy demands postsecondary credentials or degrees for jobs that pay family-supporting wages. And when students can meet their basic needs, they are better able to focus on their academics, care for their loved ones, maintain their physical and mental health, complete a college degree or credential, and secure a job that leads to long-term economic security for themselves and their families. Yet today, one in three college students (34%) report having low or very low food security, and another 13% report only marginal food security.