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Food Is a Right: Student Perceptions of College Food Access Programming at a California State University
by Aceves, Esperanza Monica, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 149; 10839607
Abstract (Summary)

The problem of food insecurity among students in higher education, specifically students who belong to historically marginalized populations, is a serious national problem that is under researched. While data are not being collected universally, higher education institutions are beginning to report on this issue. Research reflects that 1 in 5 California State University students is experiencing chronic food insecurity and 1 in 10 is reporting experiences of homelessness. Higher education colleges are beginning to address this problem by casting a net of resources like food pantries, meal donations on student cards from other students, emergency funds through grants, CalFresh outreach and enrollment (federally funded program known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and other campus-unique programming to serve hard-to-reach, vulnerable students. This study explores such services at a public California State University-Hispanic Serving Institution with the goal of understanding students’ lived experiences related to accessibility of food programming and resources in higher education. By exploring the perceptions of four students that are female who were food insecure related to their utilization of food programs directed at ensuring student food security, this study intends: (1) to explore students’ satisfaction with campus food programming, (2) to describe the participants’ knowledge of campus food programs and healthy food options, and (3) to explore the relationship between food programming and policies and the lived experiences of students. This study is important because oftentimes research is missing the unheard voices of students. By embracing students’ stories, researchers can learn of their real-life experiences. This allows for a greater understanding of the significance of food insecurity and its impact on students using food programs in higher education settings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hsieh, Betina
Commitee: Crutchfield, Rashida, Gray, Virginia, Woodward, Kerry
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ecology, Health education, Higher education
Keywords: Basic needs, Food insecurity, Food program, Higher education
Publication Number: 10839607
ISBN: 978-0-438-58574-4
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