Prevalence of food insecurity among students attending four Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Objective: This study examined the prevalence of food insecurity (FI) among students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the Southeastern United States. Participants: Students attending four HBCUs (N = 351) completed an anonymous Web-based survey. Methods: Food insecurity was assessed using the 2-item Hunger Vital Sign Tool. Summary statistics were used to quantify FI experiences. Logistic regression was conducted to determine if student demographic characteristics were significantly associated with FI outcomes. Results: Nearly 3 in 4 students (72.9%) reported some level of FI in the past year. Students representing all levels of postsecondary education reported FI. Meal plan participation did not prevent FI. Conclusions: Students attending HBCUs experience FI at levels that exceed estimates reported among students attending predominantly White institutions. More work is needed to understand the lived experience of food-insecure HBCU students as a means to ensure institution-level food policies support student academic success and wellbeing.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Duke, NN; Campbell, SD; Sauls, DL; Stout, R; Story, MT; Austin, T; Bosworth, HB; Skinner, AC; Vilme, H

Published Date

  • March 24, 2021

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 7

PubMed ID

  • 33759700

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8521625

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1940-3208

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07448481.2021.1877144


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States