Some students qualify to receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but it is rarely used.
SNAP is geared toward college students to ensure food stability. To qualify for the program, students must be 130 percent below the poverty line or have a work study job. Up to $192 per month are available to each person.
Eric Johnson, a policy and communications specialist for the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, said very few students at UNC take advantage of the program, which is conducted under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“My guess is that very few undergraduate students are relying on SNAP benefits, even if they come from families that might have been eligible,” Johnson said in an email.
Electronic Benefits Transfer cards, accepted by many retailers in Chapel Hill, allow cardholders to transfer their government benefits from a federal account to a retailer.