Masters Thesis

Food insecurity among first generation and non-first generation Latinx college students at CSU Stanislaus

The purpose of this study is to describe the levels of food insecurity among first generation Latinx college students and non-first generation Latinx college students at CSU Stanislaus. This study was guided by one research question: What are the levels of food insecurity among first generation Latinx college students and non-first generation Latinx college students at CSU Stanislaus? This was a quantitative research design. The sample consisted of 1,064 undergraduate and graduate Latinx students at CSU Stanislaus. Participants responded to an electronic survey. An Independent Samples T-test was conducted. The first major finding revealed first generation college students reported a higher average of food insecurity than non-first-generation college students. Another major finding revealed that both first generation and non-first generation respondents do suffer from some level of food insecurity. One major limitation was the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in a mandatory stay-at-home order. This created limited availability of food items for consumers. Survey responses may have differed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. One future research implication is to spread awareness of the Warrior Food Pantry at CSU Stanislaus. Efforts by higher education should be made to find ways to spread awareness to all food assistance programs available to its students to address and diminish food insecurity on campuses.

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