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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis-ISU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

First Advisor

Julie Schumacher


The purpose of this study was to identify the level of food insecurity among midwestern university students living off-campus to determine if there is a future need for an intervention, such as a campus food pantry. The study aimed to answer two main questions: (1) What is the prevalence of food insecurity in students living off-campus? and (2) Which variables are associated with food insecurity? A sample was drawn from university students who consented to filling out an online anonymous survey. Food security status was determined by utilizing the USDA US Adult Food Security Survey Module. Information on other variables possibly related to food insecurity were also gathered from this survey. The results showed that food assistance status, ethnicity, and debt/loans had a statistically significant relationship with food security status. The prevalence of food insecurity among the midwestern university students in this sample was 41%, which is above the national average. Food insecurity among midwestern university students is a critical issue that needs intervention.


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