Hunger among Massachusetts public college students growing:
Today's Boston Globe highlights a recent survey of Massachusetts public college student, confirming the growth in both hunger and homelessness among state college and university students. The story was also featured in a WBUR story, Mass Public Colleges See More Hungry and Homeless Students. According to the survey, "An estimated 1,020 students at Massachusettsâ public colleges and universities are homeless or at risk of homelessness." For example, at North Shore Community college, "the results indicate that 32 percent of the 6,500 students are âhungry, compared with 20 percent of community college students nationwide. Nineteen percent are homeless, compared with 13 percent of community college students nationally."
Many community and public college students are indeed eligible for SNAP but may not know it.
Low income community college students enrolled in career and technical education programs or courses of study (including certificate and degree programs) may qualify for SNAP if otherwise eligible.
Other low income college students enrolled in public or private 2 or 4 year colleges may also qualify if they meet the other SNAP student exemptions (receiving work study, working 20 hours a week, caring for a child, etc).
See MLRI's SNAP Eligibility Rules/Rights for College Students for more information.
Big shout out to the work of Single Stop USA for their work in Massachusetts helping students at Bunker Hill CC, Roxbury CC and Springfield Tech CC and the Greater Boston Food Bank for their assistance to students.
Add your Organization's Name to National Letter to Support and Defend SNAP
Join the National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO) in calling on the incoming Congress and the President to safeguard and support critically-important programs that provide a national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families.
National, state and local organizations are invited to sign on to demonstrate a diverse groundswell of support for the federal nutrition programs. Follow THIS LINK to view and sign your organization (organizations only, please) onto this statement.
Let's have a STRONG showing of Massachusetts organizations on the letter!