Lansing — Michigan is offering food assistance benefits to low-income students in post-secondary career and technical education programs who are struggling with hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.

Before this week, students in the programs who attended school at least half-time were not eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, unless they worked at least 20 hours week, cared for a child or are not able to work. However, the requirements were changed this week because many students in the programs have lost their jobs — and their SNAP eligibility — because of the pandemic.

“Hunger was a problem for students before COVID-19, and it is a far greater challenge today,” Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said in

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