Assessing Food Insecurity on Campus
Urban Institute, 2017
Food insecurity has emerged as a leading public health concern in the United States because of the number of households experiencing food insecurity and its associated negative health consequences. Some researchers and policymakers have focused their attention on food insecurity rates among college students. Food insecurity among college students has been associated with poorer health, poorer academic performance, and mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety. This brief reports nationally representative estimates of food insecurity among college students using data from the October and December Supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS). It fills an important gap in the literature by producing nationally representative numbers on the percentage of postsecondary students who are food insecure by using CPS data from 2001 to 2015.