Campus-based programmes to address food insecurity vary in leadership, funding and evaluation strategies

Rebecca L. Hagedorn-Hatfield, Rickelle Richards, Zubaida Qamar, Lanae B. Hood, Matthew Landry, Mateja R. Savoie-Roskos, Jody L. Vogelzang, Stephanie S. Machado, Kendra OoNorasak, Cara L. Cuite, Emily Heying, Megan M. Patton-López, Anastasia M. Snelling

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Abstract

College food insecurity is a known detriment to student success, but little is known about the implementation of campus-based programmes to help address this issue on campus in the United States. The objective of this research study was to determine the types of food insecurity initiatives implemented and assess how such programmes are managed, funded, and evaluated. A cross-sectional, 23-item online survey was administered among individuals involved with campus food insecurity initiatives identified through professional networks. Food pantries were the most common (97.1%) and mobile food sharing applications were the least common (14.7%) food security initiatives. A majority of respondents (69.7%) stated that at least one programme on their campus was evaluated, although the methods varied and uncertainty about the methods used was common. An allocated budget was provided at some institutions (38.9%), but funding mechanisms varied. Student Life Offices were most commonly reported as being responsible for programme management. Most respondents (75.3%) reported there had been programme changes due to COVID-19. This research confirmed that food insecurity programmes are widely available, although the type, funding, and leadership of these programmes vary. A coordinated approach on campus to align programming efforts is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNutrition Bulletin
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Keywords

  • campus programmes
  • college students
  • evaluation
  • food insecurity
  • funding
  • leadership

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