Getting the word out about SNAP benefits

January 18, 2019

Nearly 60 percent of college students experiencing food insecurity who could be eligible for help through a $68 billion federal nutrition assistance program don’t participate in it, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

About 57 percent of potentially eligible low-income students at risk for food insecurity in 2016 did not participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the report says. Typically, these students didn’t know they may be eligible, and in some instances school officials did not know enough details about SNAP to refer students to the program, it adds.

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