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College Students At Risk of Losing Food Stamp Benefits

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A shot of a group of students laughing and talking while eating lunch at university in Perth, Australia. (Getty Images)

Imagine having to be fully present in the classroom while having nothing to eat during the week.

For many college students, this has been the case for a while, and the number of starving students may increase after SNAP food stamps regulations return to normal following the close of its COVID-19 pandemic relief program.

“It kind of starts this slow-rolling disaster where we’re reverting to the old SNAP rules right at a time where obviously the need around food security is only going up,” said Bryce McKibben, senior director of policy and advocacy at Temple University’s Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice.

Some college students had to choose between paying rent and buying food for the week. Earlier this year, Swipe Out Hunger, a leading nonprofit committed to ending college student hunger, warned of an incoming spike in student need as some will face being dropped from SNAP eligibility and turn toward food pantries.
“Traffic at food banks and pantries is already increasing as states end their emergency SNAP benefits end early,” the group said. “When these emergency benefits end federally, be prepared to see a similar rise in student need at campus pantries and other on-campus hunger solutions programs.”

Source: Black Enterprise

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