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 WarrenEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Al LawsonAlfred (Al) James LawsonFlorida Rep. Charlie Crist endorses Biden Warren introduces bill targeted at food insecurity on college campuses Harris hops past Biden in early race for Black Caucus support 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.

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“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 HarrisOvernight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Team Trump criticizes Sanders for vote against USMCA 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 SandersEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzOvernight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications MORE (D-Hawaii) aimed at reducing the costs of higher education.