Policy Predicaments on Food Insecurity

One of the biggest reasons that many colleges and universities across the U.S. have felt the need to take student hunger upon themselves is because the effort to decrease hunger through legislation have been difficult.

” What is challenging in this area is that you do not have [congressional] committee leadership over the same funding streams,” said Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy.

In other words, legislation on the Pell Grant is sent to the Education and the Workforce Committee, however when it comes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), those bills have to go to the Committee on Agriculture. This makes it more difficult to enact a coordinated policy change, which overall makes it hard to pass any legislation.




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