University Students Suggest Solutions to Campus Food Insecurity: A Mixed Methods Study

Brenda A.Z. Abu, Samantha Tavarez, Wilna Oldewage-Theron

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Abstract

This study evaluated University students’ experiences and suggested solutions to food insecurity (N = 16). A questionnaire survey measured students’ socio-demography and food security status using Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS). Focus group discussions assessed students’ experiences and suggestions, grouped into themes. Half (50%) of the students were male, mean age was 25.1 years and 62% were food insecure. Food insecure students reported skipping meals, and grocery shopping infrequently. Students propose a campus farmers’ market, cooking classes, online nutrition education, and financial literacy would address student resource management limitations. Revising financial aid, international study and work guidelines should address systemic gaps.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Food security
  • Texas
  • college students
  • food insecurity
  • food security programs
  • interventions
  • student-driven solutions
  • university

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