University Presentation Showcase: Undergraduate Division

Project Title

How food insecurity goes beyond food: Research and recommendations for higher education

Presenter Information

Eric DeMunbrunFollow

Presenter Hometown

Somerset

Major

Social Work

Department

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Amanda Green

Mentor Department

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

Abstract

Many college students are unable to access adequate amounts of food, especially highquality foods that are often costly. Nationally, nearly 44% of students will experience food insecurity during their time at college. Research has shown that experiencing food insecurity heightens student risks for performing worse in their courses, experiencing poorer overall health, and having higher rates of depression, anxiety, and stress. Other demands such as working more to afford food and finding adequate housing and transportation can also place additional burdens on these students. At Eastern Kentucky University, we examined food insecurity to gain a better understanding of its true effects on students. Based on these findings and our review of best practices nationally, we provide suggestions for policies and programs that university organizations can create to provide relief for students struggling with food insecurity.

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How food insecurity goes beyond food: Research and recommendations for higher education

Many college students are unable to access adequate amounts of food, especially highquality foods that are often costly. Nationally, nearly 44% of students will experience food insecurity during their time at college. Research has shown that experiencing food insecurity heightens student risks for performing worse in their courses, experiencing poorer overall health, and having higher rates of depression, anxiety, and stress. Other demands such as working more to afford food and finding adequate housing and transportation can also place additional burdens on these students. At Eastern Kentucky University, we examined food insecurity to gain a better understanding of its true effects on students. Based on these findings and our review of best practices nationally, we provide suggestions for policies and programs that university organizations can create to provide relief for students struggling with food insecurity.