Starving to learn: some college students can’t afford food, tuition
Published: Mar. 27, 2023 at 6:11 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 27, 2023 at 9:55 PM CDT
It’s no secret that college is expensive. According to the Feeding Texas Network, 29 percent of four-year college students in Texas have experienced hunger because of tuition and high food costs. But, help may be on the way because of a couple legislative bills that will make students, even those enrolled in a vocational school, eligible for SNAP benefits.
“We identified a need in the community, a food gap if you will. And so, 28 percent of the population, about 20,000 people in Gregg County are considered food insecure. And so, we have 13 partner agencies here already and so by opening this we’ll be able to supply more food for the people who are our neighbors,” Emerson said.
“I asked him, I said, ‘Were you involved in an altercation down the road?’ And he said ‘Yes,’” Van Zandt County Pct. 4 Constable Pat Jordan said. “And immediately I thought, ‘Well, this might be the guy.’” Here's what happened next.
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