Today I’m here to talk about the SNAP challenge. Overall, I feel like I failed this challenge. I think that it was very privileged and ignorant of me to cheat. I know that, and plus we talked about how everybody cheating. It wasn’t fair that I played games during the challenge that is so real so many people. I think that I had enough food for the $33, but I didn’t do the proper things in order to eat those things I bought.
This is some of the stuff that I learned from an article:
“Virginia spent $447,000 in SNAP benefits for college students in January 2007 but by January of this year, the total had risen to $2.9 million, according to the state’s Department of Social Services. The state spent $30 million in food assistance benefits to college students in 2011.”
I did not know the specifics of SNAP in Virginia. I think that it is good that they saw this problem of food insecurity with college students. With the allowance of food pantries and local community involvement, it will be improved.
Nearly 47 million Americans rely on federal food assistance benefits, a 12-year high attributed to the weak U.S. economy and high rates of unemployment over the last five years. Lesser known is that college students are among the increasing numbers of people relying on food stamps. As tuition rates have risen and financial aid has fallen — and parents who were once a source of financial support have lost jobs or homes and become ineligible for college loans for their children — students have had to fend for themselves.
That number is ridiculous. College students now do not only have to make money for their education but now they have to work solely on their own. It is so difficult to not be in debt, and to think about everyday expenses must be something that is prevalent to them in such a big way.
“I never thought I would be on food stamps as a student, but with this economy, I had no choice,” said student Courtney Davis, a second-year student at Howard University majoring in maternal health and childcare.
I think this is such an eye-opening quote. This could be anyone I know. Who knows this could be me. We all go to the same college, but at one point there will be a path concerning food. I think it is
“Some states, concerned about student abuses, are cracking down by limiting eligibility requirements and strengthening the verification process. Last year, Michigan’s Department of Human Services kicked 30,000 students off the program and saved $75 million. Such efforts to crack down on potential fraud may end up hurting the students that are actually in need.
While I don’t appreciate the program being abused by students who don’t really need them, I don’t think that cutting the program and placing restrictions on eligibility requirements are the answer, because that would eliminate many students who need the assistance, like me,” Fields said.”
Hogan, B. (2012, November 5). Food stamps: Once associated with the poor, now commonly used among college students. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/therootdc/post/food-stamps-once-associated-with-the-poor-now-commonly-used-among-college-students/2012/11/05/36971aee-275f-11e2-b4f2-8320a9f00869_blog.html?utm_term=.f12c367aa92e