Despite all the progress being made to make sure that all college students are food secured, many people are worried that President-Elect Donald Trump will cut back the SNAP program (food stamp), which is one of the bedrock services students use to prevent food insecurity.
These problems are heightened among people of color and first generation college students, making the issue one of equity and access. They are complicated by other symptoms of poverty, which include housing insecurity, homelessness, and lack of financial needs.
Trump wrote, “The food stamp program was originally created as temporary assistance for families with momentary times of need. And it shouldn’t be needed often. Thankfully, 96 percent of America’s poor parents say their children never suffer even a day of hunger. But when half of food stamp recipients have been on the dole for nearly a decade, something is clearly wrong, and some of it has to do with fraud.”
We can only hope that Donal Trump can realize that whatever he decided to do with food assistance programs, it would definitely affect thousands of college students who are currently getting food assistance. I hope Donald Trump and his administration does a lot of research before deciding to remove something as important as food assistance programs.