Campus News

Oregon State accepting SNAP benefits

To help financially insecure students, Oregon State University recently began accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits at its campus grocery store, according to an Inside Higher Ed article. While a growing number of college-aged students in the U.S. are enrolled in SNAP, few universities accept the benefits.

For institutions to enroll in the aid program, they must meet federal standards that mandate a certain amount of fresh food be sold and require a specific payment infrastructure be in place. Most universities that have attempted to accept benefits have fallen short on these criteria.

“While we don’t have a good sense of SNAP participation yet, we know this is an issue, based on our food pantry numbers,” said Tara Sanders, university housing and dining services nutritionist at Oregon State.