Working to end food insecurity at KU

Hunger Myths

College students are supposed to live of a diet of convenience foods and cold pizza. 
We should not expect any students to go through college without access to nutritious food.

Very few students at KU identify as food insecure. 
In a 2016 survey of undergraduate students at KU, 54% of undergraduate students identified as food insecure.

Being enrolled in a campus meal plan guarantees a student will not be food insecure. 
According to a multi-state survey, 43% of students who have meal plans still experience food insecurity.

Food insecurity only includes people who are starving or skip meals.  The USDA definition of food insecurity includes "reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet."

Hunger is only a health issue. 
In reality, hunger also affects the economy, as well as education.  Going hungry an make it difficult to focus, learn, or even attend school.

People are hungry because they are too lazy to work. 
Many people who need assistance securing adequate nutrition are hardworking families living below the federal poverty line.

SNAP, an assistance benefit through the federal government, is a highly abused program. 
The SNAP program is highly efficient with minimal abuse. The accuracy rate for SNAP payments is 97%.  Other abuses a count for about 1% of the SNAP benefit budget.

 


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