H.R.3809: College Student Hunger Act of 2019

Overview

The College Student Hunger Act (H.R. 3809) would address food-insecurity on college campuses by enabling more low-income college students to access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and pushing the federal government, states, colleges and universities to take a more proactive role in addressing student food insecurity. Specifically, the bill would expand SNAP application eligibility to college students who are in foster care, veterans, homeless, or who qualify for Pell Grants. The bill also lowers SNAP’s 20 hour per week work requirement for college students to 10 hours. Additionally, the bill would require the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture to increase awareness about student hunger and college eligible for federal nutrition programs. Finally, the bill would authorize up to ten demonstration pilot projects to test ways to make SNAP more useful at colleges, such as adapting it to student meal plans.

S. 2143 is the Senate companion bill.

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Talking Points

  • According to a Government Accountability Office report, more than 30 percent of college students may currently face food insecurity. In 2016, up to 2 million students potentially eligible for SNAP benefits did not receive any.
  • The National Assembly supports this legislation because it will provide millions of young Americans with the services needed to pursue higher education.

Our Stance

Support

Priority

Medium

Bill Number

H.R.3809

Date Introduced

July 17, 2019

Committee

House Agriculture Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled