Fixing Food Insecurity

  • 4 May 2017
  • Author: OCS
  • Number of views: 6624
5/4/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


The Animal Science/Nutritional Sciences graduate course in Food Systems (ANSC/FSHN 601) chose food insecurity on campus as their class project. Understanding that fixing food insecurity is not easy and would require university support, they decided to reach out to other students to help get adequate information so the administration could develop the right plan. They collected more that 800 student signatures on a petition that suggested creating a survey and also made a video for President David Lassner regarding the #FeedtheDegree campaign. This project was a follow-up to a 2006 food-insecurity study conducted by Pia Chaparro for her MS project, for which Joannie Dobbs (HNFAS) was on the committee. Based on USDA’s criteria, at that time 24% of students were found to be marginally food secure and 21% to be food insecure (15% had low food security and 6% very low food security). However, there were only 408 responses to this study, too few to develop a plan. Other universities and colleges nationwide are now determining the food-security needs of their campuses, and four senators, including Elizabeth Warren, have requested a study of food insecurity at American colleges and universities.        

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