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K-State Today

February 26, 2019

'What the SNAP' advocacy training offered March 7

Submitted by Erin Bishop and Christian Watkins

According to 2014 studies done at Kansas State University, 39.4 percent of financially stressed K-State students experienced some form of food insecurity. Food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at home. The state average of food insecurity of Kansas residents is 12.9 percent with 1 in 5 Kansas children living with hunger. Furthermore, Riley County faces the highest food insecurity rate in the state, with 17.9 percent of our residents experiencing it.

Cats' Cupboard, ECM, and Food Recovery Network at K-State are partnering with Kansas Appleseed to address this pressing concern within our community.

"What the SNAP?" is an advocacy training from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at ECM, 904 Sunset Ave. in Manhattan. This training will provide participants tools to assist with the 28-page Supplemental Nutrition Access Program, or SNAP application. SNAP provides qualifying people with food benefits including access to a healthy diet.

The advocacy training also will provide information on policies and ways to positively impact the future. This event is geared toward college student access; but benefits all. For more information visit the Facebook event.

Contact Erin Bishop at Cats' Cupboard at erbish@k-state.edu or Christian Watkins at ECM at revwatkins@k-state.edu

What the SNAP