College Students Turn to Food Stamps

The high price of food is hitting college students hard, forcing some of them to turn to the government for help.
According to the Department of Children and Families, which runs the food stamp program for the government, the number of students receiving food stamps has increased by 44 percent in one year.

"Prices of groceries is killing me. I'm just living off of cereal and milk right now," said Barry University student Danielle Donovan.

"I know a few people on food stamps," said Florida International University student Njeri Mwangi.

Other FIU students said that they are considering applying for food stamps.

"Yeah, I probably would," said FIU student Fabiola Raphael. "I mean, if it's something, if they do it only for students."

Many students said they are not sure if they qualify and they do not know how to apply.

To qualify for food stamps, single students must have a monthly income of less than $1,107 and either work at least 20 hours per week, participate in a federal or state work-study program or care for a child under the age of 6.

These are just some of the requirements.

People who use food stamps can only buy fruits, vegetables, meats and other staples.

While asking for help is a quick fix now, some students said they are worried about the future.

"I'm graduating next year, and job hunting is going to be a problem," Donovan said.