Food insecurity is the the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food, and is most common amongst college and university students. With the huge financial stress students face these days- paying tuition, housing, books, etc- it’s become impossible for students to be able to focus completely on their education.
Four campus-based organizations – the College and University Food Bank Alliance, the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, the Student Government Resource Center, and the Student Public Interest Research Groups – surveyed college students on food insecurity between March and May 2016. The study sample includes 3,765 students in 12 states attending eight community colleges and 26 four-year colleges and universities. The sample was assembled using in-person recruitment, and represents about 0.5% of the students attending those 34 institutions.
The findings were shocking and concluded:
- Consistent with prior studies, 48 percent of respondents reported food insecurity in the previous 30 days, including 22 percent with very low levels of food security that qualify them as hungry.
- Food insecurity occurs at both two-year and four-year institutions. Twenty-five percent of community college students qualified as having very low food security, compared to 20 percent at four-year schools.
- Food insecurity was more prevalent among students of color. Fully 57 percent of Black or African American students reported food insecurity, compared to 40 percent of non-Hispanic white students.
- More than half of all first-generation students (56 percent) were food insecure, compared to 45 percent of students who had at least one parent who attended college.
More information can be found: https://studentsagainsthunger.org/hunger-on-campus/
Many students are also unaware that universities provide multiple programs to help struggling students with food! Here, you’ll find different universities throughout and outside the Bay Area and the programs they offer!