Apparently more college students are now finding it difficult to make ends meet. So they’re increasingly applying for Food Stamps. Really.

According to a piece at Sacramento, California’s KCRA:

A record number of college students are applying for food stamps in today’s tough economy. There are 1500 college students receiving food stamps in Sacramento Country. Two years ago only about 700 students received food stamps.

It’s not just in California either. While recent national statistics are unavailable, many schools are apparently encouraging students to take part in the program, which provides assistance to help low- income people buy food in the United States.

In what seems like an oddly upbeat tone, Portland State University touts the benefits of the Food Stamp program with its Nutrition, it’s a SNAP! campaign:

Being a college student is hard work! Not just academically, but financially too. As tuition increases, many students struggle to make ends meet. As if taking a full class load wasn’t stressful enough!

Fortunately, help is available for qualifying students. Many students are surprised to learn that they may be eligible for Food Stamps.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the official name for the federal Food Stamps program.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer