Food insecurity, or the lack of access to reliable and sufficient quantities of food that is affordable and with appropriate nutritional content, is something that many college and university students experience.
According to the most recent research, estimated rates of food insecurity among college
students range from 20 to 40 percent.
Among these students that are identified with food insecurity,
- 48 % of students reported experiencing some level of food insecurity within the last 30 days
- 22% of students reported very low levels of food security within the last days, that qualify them as both food insecure and hungry.
Students that experience food insecurity often struggle with other financial stressors, such as homelessness, difficulty paying rent, mortgage or utility bills.
- 64% of food insecure students reported experiencing some type of housing insecurity
- 15% reported experiencing some form of homelessness in the past 12 months
For students that are experiencing these concerns, their grades, academic standing and college success are often impacted.
- 55% reported that these problems caused them not to buy a required textbook
- 53% reported missing a class
- 25% reported dropping a class