Improve SNAP Access for College Students in Vermont

Improve SNAP Access for College Students in Vermont

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Mackenzie Burke started this petition to Representative Peter Welch and

Recent research has shown that college students are suffering from food insecurity. The Hungry to Learn papers published from the HOPE Lab in Wisconsin showed that approximately 1 in 5 students of higher education reported being food insecure. This is not that different in Vermont. A recent study of the University of Vermont showed that 25% of undergraduate students at UVM were food insecure in the spring of 2017, and 20% of medical and graduate students were food insecure in the fall of 2017. This is well above the national food insecurity rate of 12.3% and Vermont's rate of 10.1%. SNAP benefits or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, are almost impossible for college students to apply for and receive. I am asking Vermont representative Peter Welch to co-sign the College Student Hunger Act of 2017, which aims to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to make SNAP available to college students. I am also asking Vermont Senators to start a bill in the Senate to also amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to make SNAP available to college students. 

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