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Breaking the “Starving Student” Myth: Understanding and Addressing Food Insecurity Needs on Campus

Food insecurity, a condition of limited or uncertain access to nutritious food, is a critical issue for students’ health, academic achievement, and future well-being. Recent studies, including one conducted at the University of Michigan in 2015, have shown unprecedented high levels of food insecurity on college campuses. This mixed-methods project will assess the current prevalence, risk factors, and consequences of food insecurity through an online survey representative of the U-M student body, and use in-depth interviews to qualitatively explore the lived experience of food-insecure students as well as innovative strategies to address food insecurity on campus. Results of this project will be disseminated to various campus stakeholders to inform the development of programs and policies that effectively alleviate food insecurity on campus.

Cindy Leung, ScD, MPH
Assistant Professor Department of Nutritional Sciences
School of Public Health

Alicia Cohen, MD MSc
Clinical Lecturer
Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine

Nicole Kasper, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health