September 26, 2013
USA Today College reports on the growing number of college students affected by SNAP cuts and the implications of receiving food stamps while in school. 12.6% of students ages 19-24 received SNAP in 2010, up from 5.4% in 2001. “Reports from campus advisers suggest that the number of students needing help has increased,” wrote Nicholas Freudenberg, co-director, NYC Food Policy Center and distinguished professor. According to a 2010 report on food insecurity, 6.4% of CUNY students received SNAP benefits. However, the need is much greater than that: three times as many who were eligible did not apply.