Welcome to my webpage! I created this web site for one of my Anthropology classes. Here you will find my interests and my work, as well as my academic interests, that revolve around food research and students, especially around food deprivation and how that relates to students and their survival strategies. For my thesis, I conducted surveys with the general public and students and asked how are they meeting their food needs, especially relating to the SNAP program and the special federal student regulations that they have to fulfill in order to qualify for the SNAP program.
In addition, I interviewed 4 out of the 5 SNAP policy analysts for the State of Oregon in 2011 and asked questions surrounding the student eligibility criteria (that are now retired), and finally, I would like to propose changes that would hopefully serve as recommendations to the federal government as to the student rules for the SNAP federal program, that have not been changed by the federal government in the last 14 years.
One of the rules that Oregon changed regarding students was effective October 1st 2011, when students who receive unemployment benefits would be found eligible students. The State of Oregon has actively requested federal waivers in the past to these rules, so they can help as many higher education students as possible.