Food insecurity is a growing problem on college campuses that affects one in three or more students. This problem affects students’ classroom performance, college completion rates, and future prospects in addition to undermining federal investments in education. Expanding SNAP benefits for hungry college students will help millions of college students access a stable food supply.
Data on the extent and prevalence of hunger on college campuses is spotty, with many studies suffering from low response rates, poor study design and unrepresentative data. Thus, it’s difficult to be sure if there is truly a college food insecurity problem. If college hunger isn’t truly a problem, there’s no need to expand SNAP for this population.