Murphy Administration announces expansion to SNAP program for college students
EDISON – To combat hunger on community college campuses, the Murphy Administration announced it is expanding the State’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to include eligible students in career and technical fields in community college.
At Middlesex County Community College, 25 percent of students come from household incomes of less than $30,000, and more than half of them work part time. According to the New Jersey Department of Human Resources, 30,000 families in Middlesex County are food insecure.
“About 67,000 students in community college are in career and technical assistance programs and about 45 percent of them report being lower income,” New Jersey Department of Human Services Commissioner Carol Johnson said.
Interim President of Middlesex Community College Mark McCormick said students and faculty members created a food pantry at the college center, which opened in January. He said so far, more than 80 students have visited the pantry more than once.
“Part of this issue is getting the word out that we’re doing this and that it’s okay,” McCormick
Student leaders like Isabella Ardito said solving food insecurity involves finding out who’s in need and overcoming stigma.
“We just have to let people know and spread the word and its okay,” Ardito said.