Warren introduces bill targeted at food insecurity on college campuses

Warren introduces bill targeted at food insecurity on college campuses
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKrystal Ball: Elites have chosen Warren as The One; Lauren Claffey: Is AOC wrong about the Electoral College? Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona McConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Al LawsonAlfred (Al) James LawsonWarren introduces bill targeted at food insecurity on college campuses Harris hops past Biden in early race for Black Caucus support Florida Republican who openly follows 'QAnon' conspiracy theory running for Congress MORE (D-Fla.) introduced legislation Wednesday to tackle food insecurity on college campuses.

The College Student Hunger Act would enable more low-income college students to access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and increase awareness of the program.

“As more and more students struggle to afford college and take on a mountain of student loan debt, nearly one-in-three college students cannot even afford basic necessities like food,” Warren, a presidential candidate, said in a statement. 

“Our bill will ensure students have the support they need to work toward a better future without going hungry.”

One of the bill's co-sponsors is Warren's fellow White House hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Rising Warren faces uphill climb with black voters Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race MORE (D-Calif.).

The bill addresses concerns raised by a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released earlier this year which found that more than 30 percent of college students may face food insecurity.

Additionally, almost 2 million at-risk students who are potentially eligible for SNAP did not receive benefits in 2016.

A survey by Temple University released in May confirmed concerns over college students' access to food.

Forty-five percent of the nearly 86,000 two- and four-year college students surveyed said they'd experienced "limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or the ability to acquire such food in a socially acceptable manner" in the 30 days before being surveyed.

Food insecurity at colleges has garnered more attention as scrutiny of the overall cost of college has grown.

One of the many 2020 hopefuls to address the cost of college, Warren has proposed a higher education reform plan that would cancel nearly all student loan debt and create universal free public college.

Harris has backed bills from presidential contender Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 candidates have the chance to embrace smarter education policies Bernie Sanders Adviser talks criminal justice reform proposal, 'Medicare for All' plan Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel Schatz'Medicare for All' complicates Democrats' pitch to retake Senate Criminal justice reform should extend to student financial aid Booker, Durbin and Leahy introduce bill to ban death penalty MORE (D-Hawaii) aimed at reducing the costs of higher education.