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Prevalence of Food Insecurity Among College Students from a Mid-Atlantic University

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Prevalence of Food Insecurity Among College Students from a Mid-Atlantic University
Creator:
Courtney Sayre
Anne Seichepin
Rita Ntim-Gyakari
Joseph Devona
Allison Hemmer
Ada Ng
Emily Schaffer
Jennifer Jara
Molly Brem
Shane' Weir
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Food insecurity
food pantry
college students

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Over two-thirds of all college students in the United States report being food insecure (Goldrick-Rab, Richardson, & Hernandez, 2017). Particularly, food insecurity is the highest in northeastern colleges and universities (Anderson, 1990). Purpose. The Purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of food insecurity and possible predictors of food insecurity on a Mid-Atlantic University Campus. Methodology. A qualitative cross-sectional study design was used, and a convenience sample of college Mid-Atlantic college students aged 18 or older were recruited to participate in the study. A written questionnaire with both open and closed-end questions were used adopted from the U.S Household Food Security Survey. A total of 189 participants were surveyed and SPSS was used to analyze the data. Results. 29% of participants stated that the food they bought just didn’t last or they did not have money to buy more, 18.5% of participants stated they have sometimes been hungry and not had enough money for food, and 23.8% of participants stated they eat less because they do not have enough money for food. N=116 were unaware of resources on campus such as a food pantry to help in food insecurity (r=.238, p=< .001).Discussion. There is a lack of awareness of resources on this campus regarding food insecurity. Food insecurity education and discussion about the resources need to be implemented both in classrooms and during campus events. Collaboration with the ding halls and excess food for off-campus food insecure students should be a priority. Lastly, addressing the stigma surrounding food insecurity and the high cost of food on campus should be discussed and food for students with limited budgets should be more easily acquired.
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