Measuring and Assessing Food Insecurity Among East Carolina University Undergraduate Students

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Willa G Midgette (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Abstract: Food insecurity has long been an issue nationwide , however , there has been little emphasis placed on food insecurity among college students. This thesis employed a cross-sectional survey of 1 , 170 randomly selected undergraduate students , utilizing a variation of the USDA Adult Food Security Survey Module to assess to determine the prevalence of food insecurity among undergraduate students at East Carolina University , and utilized bivariate analysis to assess the relationship between several demographic , academic and lifestyle variables and food insecurity status , as well as the relationship between food insecurity and academic success. The thesis found that food insecurity status is significantly affected by race , first-generation student status , Pell grant eligibility , financial aid use and use of a meal plan , and found that academic performance is negatively impacted by food insecurity. Additionally , this thesis utilized 10 interviews of undergraduate students to assess how current eating and grocery shopping habits and pre-college food security influenced current food security status and assessed how students cope with food insecurity. The study found that students who were food insecure early in life are more likely to be food insecure in college. Finally , this thesis assessed the feelings about and barriers to using the on-campus food pantry at East Carolina University.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
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