This bill seeks to address food insecurity on college campuses by enabling more low-income college students to access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Students who are eligible for work study, have a $0 expected family contribution, meeting eligibility for the maximum Pell Grant award amount, or are independent students whose household is otherwise eligible will be eligible for SNAP. The bill would also require the Department of Education to notify students that they may be eligible for benefits when they file their application for federal student aid. Further, the bill will require the Department of Education to collect data on food and housing insecurity. A SNAP student hunger demonstration program will be created to allow students to use benefits at on-campus dining facilities, and establish a $1 billion per year grant program to aid institutions of higher education in identifying and meeting the food and housing security of their students.
|Senate - 05/11/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (Updated 5/26/21)|