The Prevalence Of Food Insecurity Among College Students At Lehman College

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Food insecurity, defined as insufficient access to nutritionally adequate foods, has been a fast growing concern among college students who have been under increasing financial pressure due to the escalating costs of tuition and educational resources. The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of food insecurity among a sample of college students at Lehman College. A self-administered survey consisting of 12 questions pertaining to food insecurity, as well as demographic and academic attributes, was completed by 180 students at different sites on campus. Food insecurity affected 15.5% of respondents. Nearly one quarter (25%) of students reported being unable to eat balanced or nutritious meals due to a lack of money, while 13% had to decrease the size of their meals or skip meals because there wasn’t enough money for food. Students who reported poor or fair health status, GPA lower than 3.0, and participation in food assistance programs were more likely to be food insecure. These findings suggest that students are at increased risk for food insecurity. Implementation of a sustainable on-campus food bank, along with increasing the availability of nutritious foods from edible gardens, can be major stepping stones toward food security in this often neglected population.


Food insecurity refers to the limited access to nutritious and safe foods for a healthy lifestyle at all times due to a lack of money or other resources. Despite overall…

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