Expanding outreach for expanded SNAP
By Tabitha Whissemore
Federal lawmakers in December temporarily expanded SNAP student eligibility rules during the Covid-19 health crisis. Policy analysts from the Center for the Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and experts from California, New Jersey and Massachusetts discussed this expansion and best practices for reaching out to college students about their SNAP eligibility.
Prior to this temporary expansion, college students had to jump through some hoops to prove eligibility.
“Eligibility rules are overly complicated,” said Ashley Burnside with CLASP. Students had to either be participating in federally funded work-study or prove they had a disability or a child under a certain age – or meet one of several other criteria. That was in addition to meeting regular SNAP eligibility requirements.
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