University Presentation Showcase: Undergraduate Division

Project Title

Student Food Insecurity at Eastern Kentucky University: More than a Statistic

Presenter Hometown

Richmond KY

Major

Anthropology

Department

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Dr. Amanda Green

Mentor Department

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

Abstract

Food insecurity is an issue that affects the world both on macro and micro levels and even at our own university. Studies conducted across universities nationwide suggest a wide range of estimates of food insecurity, these numbers ranging from 9-50%. During the course of the pandemic, food insecurity among college students and in general worsened. Preliminary studies show, at EKU, 20% of students experience some form of food insecurity. Through a combination of ethnographic interviews and surveys, our study seeks to tell the stories of these students, who struggle daily in ensuring they have enough to eat, and to provide a primary lens to the stigma surrounding food insecurity and the use of campus resources like the Colonel’s Cupboard. The student experience of food insecurity at EKU as well as throughout their life shown in the ethnographic interviews and surveys give researchers a firmer understanding of the real-life implications of being food insecure. The study also hopes to shed light on not just food insecurity as a campus-wide issue, but also as a global one.

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Student Food Insecurity at Eastern Kentucky University: More than a Statistic

Food insecurity is an issue that affects the world both on macro and micro levels and even at our own university. Studies conducted across universities nationwide suggest a wide range of estimates of food insecurity, these numbers ranging from 9-50%. During the course of the pandemic, food insecurity among college students and in general worsened. Preliminary studies show, at EKU, 20% of students experience some form of food insecurity. Through a combination of ethnographic interviews and surveys, our study seeks to tell the stories of these students, who struggle daily in ensuring they have enough to eat, and to provide a primary lens to the stigma surrounding food insecurity and the use of campus resources like the Colonel’s Cupboard. The student experience of food insecurity at EKU as well as throughout their life shown in the ethnographic interviews and surveys give researchers a firmer understanding of the real-life implications of being food insecure. The study also hopes to shed light on not just food insecurity as a campus-wide issue, but also as a global one.