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senate Bill S. 2143

Should More College Students Be Eligible for SNAP Benefits?

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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.

jimK's Opinion
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09/06/2019
I believe that we adopt a "leave no person behind" approach in general; that all of us are created equal and have an equal right to pursue happiness; and that societal barriers that stop anyone from their pursuits need to be eliminated. This is especially true for our youth, our future. Meaningful education and enabling all of our youth to reach their full potential is an investment in our future and our country's health. So YES, I fully support food assistance when needed. All of our youth need the opportunity to achieve and not just those youth whose parents can afford a properly nutritional diet.
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Brian's Opinion
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09/06/2019
I don't support the "conservative" lie that people don't really need food and should not be eligible. I know on our local campuses that there are students who are in need of food and have to rely on handouts from the university to feed themselves. I do think that SNAP should verify the need first, but I think if a student demonstrates need they should be eligible for this benefit. We have to stop being so cruel and "promote the general welfare" as promised.
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adangelo's Opinion
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09/06/2019
The starving college student should not be a thing. Students should not have to worry about hunger. Many poor students barely get by and have to work even on exam week. This shouldn't be so! Let our students eat!
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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.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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09/06/2019
👎🏻👎🏻 The Warren/Sanders Socialized Education In Action 👎🏻👎🏻 This is nothing more than another attempt by the Democrats to bribe voting age college students to vote their ticket in the coming elections. First they want to pay their tuition and now they want to feed them. Next they’ll be paying their lodging and then Subsidizing their social activities when not studying. SneakyPete. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 9.6.19.....
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JTJ's Opinion
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09/06/2019
Once dems sucker us into their socialist programs, then they push to expand them beyond their original purpose. Abolish SNAP entirely, not the federal governments job. States should deal with their needy populations.
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Timothy's Opinion
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09/06/2019
Stop thinking that the government should feed people. We don’t want them in control of our daily survival needs. I don’t oppose food stamps for families with children who are down on their luck, but isn’t a big part of being a student learning how to survive and make it on your own? We’re turning out generations of helpless, dependent, entitled young people who think the world owes them a living. It doesn’t. This is NOT the American way!
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    I believe that we adopt a "leave no person behind" approach in general; that all of us are created equal and have an equal right to pursue happiness; and that societal barriers that stop anyone from their pursuits need to be eliminated. This is especially true for our youth, our future. Meaningful education and enabling all of our youth to reach their full potential is an investment in our future and our country's health. So YES, I fully support food assistance when needed. All of our youth need the opportunity to achieve and not just those youth whose parents can afford a properly nutritional diet.
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    👎🏻👎🏻 The Warren/Sanders Socialized Education In Action 👎🏻👎🏻 This is nothing more than another attempt by the Democrats to bribe voting age college students to vote their ticket in the coming elections. First they want to pay their tuition and now they want to feed them. Next they’ll be paying their lodging and then Subsidizing their social activities when not studying. SneakyPete. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 9.6.19.....
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    I don't support the "conservative" lie that people don't really need food and should not be eligible. I know on our local campuses that there are students who are in need of food and have to rely on handouts from the university to feed themselves. I do think that SNAP should verify the need first, but I think if a student demonstrates need they should be eligible for this benefit. We have to stop being so cruel and "promote the general welfare" as promised.
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    The starving college student should not be a thing. Students should not have to worry about hunger. Many poor students barely get by and have to work even on exam week. This shouldn't be so! Let our students eat!
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    Dropping the work requirement to 10 hours per week makes sense. If students are eligible and hungry they should receive SNAP benefits.
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    Poverty should not be a deterrent to a good education!! Hunger should not be found in any corner of America! That hunger continues to be a factor in an ever increasing number together with homelessness should be alarming to the richest country on earth!! WHat good is having a job if it does not provide a living wage!! There are people living out of their cars in America who also work to feed themselves and their children!! Let’s provide for a minimum wage that people can can live on so that snap is not necessary for working age Americans!!
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    Once dems sucker us into their socialist programs, then they push to expand them beyond their original purpose. Abolish SNAP entirely, not the federal governments job. States should deal with their needy populations.
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    Y’all, people need to eat. How hard is this to understand?
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    Missionaries decades ago had to learn to feed people's bodies before attempting to feed their souls, and that reality still exists today. I worked with homeless people for twelve years, and I never expected anyone to ask for job counseling or financial counseling or substance abuse counseling while he was hungry.
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    Stop thinking that the government should feed people. We don’t want them in control of our daily survival needs. I don’t oppose food stamps for families with children who are down on their luck, but isn’t a big part of being a student learning how to survive and make it on your own? We’re turning out generations of helpless, dependent, entitled young people who think the world owes them a living. It doesn’t. This is NOT the American way!
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    I received food stamps when I was in college in the seventies. Students still need the added help today!
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    Students have money for school, but not for groceries, and this is the TAXPAYERS' problem? No.
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    As a college student myself there has been times where I had to go without groceries and food for a week because I had to choose between rent of groceries and didn’t have the option of going home. I think “Food Stamps” should be offered to college students. Especially if they qualify for FAFSA.
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    I was there—it was no fun. SNAP could help.
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    Yes. You can’t focus and learn when you’re hungry.
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    Well fed people do better so yes.
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    Student's brains require more than Raman noodles and the occasional pizza.
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    I am a 4 yr college faculty. My students must complete clinical hours and one day a student sitting close to me said they felt like they were going to faint! I moved close to them and had another student sit on the other side so they would not fall into the floor. I sent for OJ and crackers and stayed with the student until they felt better. I learned that they didn’t have any food in their on campus apartment and was waiting for their parents to send them $$$. From that day on I began to carry healthy energy bars and yogurt. I told each student that I would have it and I put it in a basket for anyone to help themselves to. I began to pay attention to some of their conversations to each other and learned first hand that food insecurity among college students is REAL and it is a bigger issue than many might imagine! Indeed there should be resources to support these young kids as they cannot stay attentive if they are hungry! It is a priority for me to help and I am glad that I learned first hand they need help! Pass the bill right away to support struggling college students!
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    I was a first generation student. I got through college, but many of my peers from Oswego County couldn’t, namely because even with loans and grants, we still had to work to keep a roof over our heads and food on our tables. That was in a public university setting. I don’t blame our middle class peers with parental support, but we lived in different worlds. If you don’t have to worry about food and housing, you can focus on specialization. Successful workforce specialization is what fuels a capitalist economy. Provide support for students today, eliminate as many concerns outside of excelling in a field, and your tax revenue will thank you for it in 20 years. It’s not a silver bullet, but it’s part of building a positive future. This is a no brainer.
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    Absolutely. No County like ours should ever have people here going hungry.
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