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Prevalence and correlates of food insecurity among university students

Food insecurity impacts university students, resulting with physical and mental health risks, at-risk for low GPAs, and change in behavior (Hughes, Serebryanikova, Donaldson & Leveritt, 2011; O’Neil & Maguire, 2017; Wood, Harris III & Delgado, 2017). Current research examines the relationship between food insecurity and adults, families, and children, while the food experience of university students is lacking in these studies. The purpose of this secondary data analysis was to examine specific demographic characteristics of students who attended California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) and to evaluate whether there are statistically significant differences between the student population experience with food insecurity. This study focused on four research questions: What is the relationship between income status and food insecurity? What is the relationship between racial identity and food insecurity? What is the relationship between hours worked per week and food insecurity? What is the relationship between housing insecurity and food insecurity? A Pearson’s Chi-Square demonstrated a correlation between housing insecurity and food insecurity. This study will contribute to future research that explores the food experience of university students.

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