SNAP for Healthier College Students
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Always on the run, stressed, hungry, and trying to tie loose ends for money, college students often make unhealthy choices when trying to decide at the grocery store: To make a quick, cheap food, or a nutritious, expensive meal. With low funds, the choice is obvious.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is a beneficial program for adults aged 18 and over, helping them to buy fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be inaccessible. The money is transferred through an EBT card (Electronic Benefits Transfer), thus making it easy to simply choose the vegetables then swipe at the register like a regular debit or credit card.
While this program sounds great, it is unfortunately unavailable for college students for reasons not explained on the SNAP Website. Most students, living alone or with roommates, naturally meet the little to no income requirements, especially in their first years when they are learning to eat healthy and balance freedom for the first time.
Together we can raise our voices to help college students raise forks full of nutritious food. Students are essential to our future, they are the world's leaders and innovators, they need healthy fuel to help them through their studies and to change the world. Healthy food needs to be a necessity, not a precious luxury.
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