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The Federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) in relation to higher education students and their eligibility for the program Public Deposited

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  • Food insecurity is a widely researched global public health issue, but students in higher education are frequently omitted from the data and are not widely recognized as a population that faces hunger. This thesis explores the college student population in relation to food insecurity and, in particular, their attempt to navigate the benefit system for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), aka “food stamps,” the biggest hunger safety net that the United States has to offer. As a SNAP program administrator for the last eight years, the author hypothesizes that the SNAP program inadequately serves higher education students because they have to meet additional criteria beyond those required of the general population in order to be considered eligible for food stamps. This qualitative, mixed methods research was triangulated by participant observation, semi-structured interviews with the SNAP policy analysts for the State of Oregon Department of Human Services, and survey data. Findings reveal that higher education students do suffer from food insecurity, and that the SNAP federal program is not providing an adequate safety net for this “invisible” food insecure population. This study demonstrates the need for further research on higher education students and food insecurity and recommends changes to the student eligibility rules for the SNAP federal program so that a greater number of higher education students can be covered.
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