Developing Effective, Scalable Strategies to Address Hunger on Post-Secondary Campuses

Project: Grand Challenges

Project Details


Food insecurity, or lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food, has recently gained attention as a concern on college campuses. Early work suggests as many as one in every two to three college students may be food insecure, and thus also vulnerable to numerous adverse health and academic consequences as a result. Post-secondary institutions across the U.S. are struggling to understand the scope and nature of the rising campus food insecurity crisis and to identity solutions. Effective interventions will likely need to include numerous components, such as emergency food provision to students as well as upstream policy and systems approaches to prevent food insecurity. Our team is deeply dedicated to the notion that no young person should have to choose between their pursuit of higher education and feeding themselves, and we are committed to identifying evidence-based, scalable strategies post-secondary institutions can employ to make this a reality. The aim of this project is to provide necessary formative research for developing and implementing evidence-based interventions. Our team will leverage university expertise from public health, nutrition, nursing, education, medicine, public affairs, liberal arts, food and agriculture, as well as expertise from students and trainees from a range of backgrounds and a wide array of cross-sector partner organizations. Using a mixed methods approach we will address key research questions, including: Who is most affected by food insecurity on college campuses inMinnesota? How is student food insecurity associated withhealth, well-being, andeducationalachievement?Howdo institutional factors influence collegeofficials in initiatingcampushungerrelief efforts?How canwe builda multi-facetednetwork ofstakeholdersacrosscampuses tocollaborateon multi-levelstrategies thataddress the underlying causes of hunger? Overall, our long-term goal is to catalyze evidence-based, actionoriented research that will allow us to work with campuses to develop and evaluate systems-level strategies for effectively and sustainably alleviating campus food insecurity.
Effective start/end date1/1/191/31/21


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