This journal article describes a mixed-methods study of low-income students at 42 public colleges and universities in Wisconsin to show the daily experiences of food insecurity and to examine the food security status across different student backgrounds. From survey and interview data, the results indicate that students who grew up in food-insecure homes, self-identify as a racial/ethnic minority, live off-campus, and attend college in an urban area are significantly more likely to report the lowest level of food security often associated with hunger. Students explain that the lack of time and money are their biggest barriers to food security. Most rely on friends or family for support, while few use the social safety net, in part, due to eligibility restrictions. The authors discuss the need for a multifaceted response to promote food security and student success.
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