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NY State to Make it Easier for Low-Income Community College Students to Get SNAP (formerly called Food Stamp) Benefits
Advocates Praise Governor Andrew Cuomo:
“New Policy is Victory for Multi-Year Advocacy Campaign”
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced his intention to direct the state government to make it easier for low-income community college students who are taking career and technical education classes to obtain federally-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamp benefits.
There are more than 200,000 community college students enrolled statewide and many come from very low-income families and struggle against hunger. A survey by Temple University’s Hope Center for College, Community and Justice found that nearly half of community college students nationwide had trouble obtaining sufficient food in the 30 days prior to the survey.
In response, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America said: “This new policy is a big victory in our multi-year campaign to ensure that college students get the nutrition they need to survive and thrive in school. After all, to be well-read, you must be well-fed. Not only will this effort reduce student hunger, it will bring extra federal dollars into the state, bolstering jobs in the local food industry. Governor Andrew Cuomo deserves great praise for this compassionate, common-sense policy.”