EKU will accept SNAP benefits on campus

Food insecurity is a problem on college campuses. At Eastern Kentucky University, one in four students is at risk. This is what Steve Caudill, head of the university’s support services, says.

While EKU has programs like the Colonel’s Cupboard to help, Caudill says the school is now trying something new. The university will begin accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at a provision on demand, or POD, location on campus.

Caudill said it is important to make sure students are well taken care of.

“This is a way for us to help those students where they are and make sure their needs are met. We want to ensure that all of our students’ physical needs are met as best as possible and this is just one example of EKU finding a way to meet those needs.”

He said they will start with one POD location on campus, and they would need to expand what is available at the location to accept SNAP benefits.

“The exciting part of what we’re putting into qualifying for SNAP is that we’re going to open up the variety of things that are offered there because you have to have a very specific list of items in order to purchase. meeting the nutritional needs of customers.”

Currently, 18 schools in the Aramark system across the United States offer SNAP access, and EKU will be the first in Kentucky.

The POD location in the Stratton Building on campus will begin accepting SNAP benefits this fall when students return.

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