Since 2000, the costs of college for undergraduate degrees in the U.S. rose approximately 40%, resulting in increased food insecurity among students. The emergence of campus food pantries may help to ensure student health and success. This study will: 1) analyze patterns of food insecurity on U.S. campuses and how pantries affect these outcomes; and 2) identify effective related interventions to address cross-cutting socioeconomic issues faced by students. With the College and University Food Bank Association, we will conduct in-depth interviews with both pantry staff and students who access campus pantries across a diversity of campuses by size, geography, and student population. This study will result in increased scholarship with perspectives from multiple disciplines; research and policy advocacy skills of 2-3 undergraduate students; and dissemination of findings to inform best practices that may begin to reduce economic, educational, and health disparities when implemented.
Publication Title: Addressing food insecurity in college: Mapping a shared conceptual framework for campus pantries in Michigan.
Published in: Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy