The College Student Hunger Act would enable more low-income college students to access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and increase awareness of the program.
“As more and more students struggle to afford college and take on a mountain of student loan debt, nearly one-in-three college students cannot even afford basic necessities like food,” Warren, a presidential candidate, said in a statement.
“Our bill will ensure students have the support they need to work toward a better future without going hungry.”
One of the bill’s co-sponsors is Warren’s fellow White House hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
The bill addresses concerns raised by a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released earlier this year which found that more than 30 percent of college students may face food insecurity.
Additionally, almost 2 million at-risk students who are potentially eligible for SNAP did not receive benefits in 2016.
In an interview with “Fox and Friends,” Wednesday, Cummings explained that while he had been encouraged by his students to run for some time, he had long considered it impossible to beat then-incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley.
“The present congresswoman, Ocasio-Cortez, obviously ruined that excuse for me,” he joked.
In 2018, Ocasio-Cortez’s GOP opponent, Anthony Pappas, won just 14 percent of the vote. Cummings said he understands that winning as a Republican in the overwhelmingly blue district will be an “uphill battle,” but he is confident he can pull it off.
“I think this transcends party, I think people are really interested in local representation and that’s something that we’ve seriously lacked in that district for a long time,” he said.