New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) and the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) recently addressed expanding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to make it available to students in community college career and technical education programs.
National surveys have found that as many as 40 percent of community college students report having a food insecurity, meaning a lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food.
Eligibility requirements for the expanded SNAP enrolled in majors focused on career and technical education. Once the determination is made based on major, those students then have to meet income eligibility requirements determined by DHS. The site for students to find out whether they are eligible is njhelps.org.
The librarians at County College of Morris (CCM) also recently compiled a list of Morris County and state agencies that are tackling the hunger crisis. Food insecurity affects many students and can make it harder for them to succeed at college. The guide for students can be found at: ccm.libguides.com/FoodSolutions.
“Throughout Morris County, agencies offer solutions ranging from single meals, to emergency supplies, to ongoing assistance,” said Heather Craven, dean of the Learning Resource Center at CCM. “Students should know that they are not alone, that we support them in staying healthy and successful.”