Addressing Food Insecurity in Higher Education: Strategies to Support Students

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date



College of Health Sciences


Department of Community & Environmental Health

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Caile E. Spear


The value of postsecondary education is growing across the nation. Research suggests that by 2020, 63% of Idaho jobs will require a career certificate or college degree, and a bachelor's degree will amount to an increased lifetime earnings of $791,855 compared to Idahoans that just earn a high school diploma. In recent decades, however, public sector tuition has increased, the value of the Pell grant has diminished, the cost of living has risen, and wages have remained relatively stagnant. The limited financial resources available to students have left them attending college without adequately securing their basic needs. As a result, many students are unable to cover the cost of food. In 2017, a national survey found that 36% of 4-year university students had experienced food insecurity. Across the country colleges and universities are developing programs to support food insecure students. We have developed survey tools and will be performing survey interviews with staff and faculty at institutions leading the way in the fight to end student hunger. We will analyze and compile our data into a final report that will help guide Boise State as we identify ways in which we can combat student food insecurity on our campus.

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