let students eat

ending hunger in higher education

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college students are Food Insecure

Ways to simplify SNAP

access for low-income college students

congress can fix the problem

Learn how Congress can modernize the college student SNAP eligibility criteria

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Treat the toolkit as your own. Share the importance of ending hunger in higher ed by downloading and customizing its content to fit the needs of your channels, networks, and audiences.

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your voice can help students eat

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Low-income college students need help meeting their basic needs to complete their degree or credential.

Recent studies show 23% of today's students in the U.S. struggle with food insecurity. When students don't have enough to eat, they are faced with the difficult choice between two options: paying for food or college costs. Updates to SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) rules can help.

Research now proves the connection between SNAP participation and persistence in college. Click on the resources below to learn more.

the center for higher education policy and practice

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Basic Needs Funding for College Students

What Southern New Hampshire University Learned During the Pandemic

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Does Basic Needs Funding Improve Persistence Among College Students?

Findings on How HEERF Dollars Impacted College Persistence at SNHU

Benefits Data Trust

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Benefits Access for Student Success

A Toolkit For Leveraging Data to Find Eligible Students

Today’s Students coalition

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Today’s Students + SNAP

Policy Considerations from the TSC

National College Attainment Network

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Beyond the College Bill

The Hidden Hurdles of Indirect Expenses

the hope center for college, community, and justice

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New Federal Data

Confirm that College Students Face Significant—and Unacceptable—Basic Needs Insecurity

the institute for college access & success

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Removing SNAP’s Restrictions on Education Beyond High School Better Supports Economic Growth & Security

Higher learning advocates

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Back to Basics

Solving Today's Students' Food, Housing, and Basic Needs Insecurities

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The Numbers Speak for Themselves

Using FAFSA Data to Secure Today’s Students’ Basic Needs

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about us

We are a national coalition of higher education and benefits access advocacy organizations committed to ensuring that college students with need have access to resources to help them afford the costs of college.

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Our digital toolkit is a fast and simple way for organizations, policymakers, educators, and individuals to help share the message.

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No One Should Go Hungry in College

The Philadelphia Citizen

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College students struggling with hunger face potential loss of food stamp benefits

The Associated Press

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Can college students get food stamps? Ending COVID SNAP benefits will leave many hungry.

USA Today

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Roundtable discussion held to address food insecurity among college students

CBS News Pittsburgh

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One in three students experience food insecurity nationwide...


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Government Data Reveals 1 in 5 Undergrads Are Food Insecure

Diverse Issues in Higher Education

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Students advocate to end hunger on college campuses

WUSF Public Media

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Benefits Data Trust, The Center for Higher Education Policy and Practice, Higher Learning Advocates, National College Attainment Network, and uAspire

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