Murphy, Hayes Introduce Legislation to Address College Hunger Crisis – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy
Bill Seeks To Collect Necessary Data On Food And Housing Insecurity, Connect Eligible Students To Resources Like SNAP
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes (CT-5), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, on Thursday introduced the Closing the College Hunger Gap Act, which would help collect data on food and housing insecurity on college campuses and connect eligible students with resources like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to combat food insecurity. U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations joined Hayes as an original cosponsor of the House bill. U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) joined Murphy as an original cosponsor of the Senate bill.
“Far too many students are forced to make the unfair decision on whether to eat or get an education,” said Murphy. “Our bill creates a uniform standard for the Department of Education to collect data on students who are experiencing food and housing insecurity, and connect them with the resources they’re eligible for so we can tackle this crisis. Good nutrition is directly correlated to performance and college completion and we need to figure out how we can help students achieve both.”