New Report Examines College Students’ Ability To Meet Basic Food Needs And The Impact It Has On Their Education Aspirations
TJC’S TAKEAWAY: College hunger is often under the radar but we are excited that the Trellis Company research team has released new data about this issue! Some key findings:
- While low food security often stems from a scarcity of $$$, other factors, like insufficient time, persistent stress, and lack of information, can exacerbate collegiate food insecurity.
- Students who struggle with food insecurity face hard choices in how to allocate their scarce time and often are forced to neglect academic work in order to obtain more stable access to food.
Round Rock, TX – Most college students are committed to their education and willing to make sacrifices to obtain a degree. But when basic needs, like food security, are not being met, academic performance can slip as students try to balance school, work, and family obligations under persistent stress.
Trellis Company’s latest report, Studying on Empty: A Qualitative Study of Low Food Security Among College Students, documents and explores the lived experiences of students with low food security, how students cope with its challenges, and how these strategies influence academic performance. The report reveals common drivers of food insecurity at the collegiate level and also provides promising practices for supporting students with low food security.