Food Insecurity Among College Students: An Analysis of US State Legislation Through 2020

Melissa N. Laska, Sheila Fleischhacker, Christina Petsoulis, Meg Bruening, Michael J. Stebleton

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Many US college students experience food insecurity (FI). Given most students are excluded from receiving federal nutrition assistance, additional efforts are needed to alleviate student FI. This perspective discusses proposed and enacted state statutes, resolutions, and bills addressing college FI to date, which range in depth, breadth, and success. Overall, states have demonstrated their promising role in addressing FI; however, college FI promises to be a continuing challenge, particularly given continued widespread unemployment that began with the onset of coronavirus disease 2019 and the global struggle for economic recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-266
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded by the University of Minnesota Grand Challenges Research Initiative.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior


  • college students
  • food insecurity
  • food security
  • policy
  • state legislation

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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