Rising tuition and massive student loans are regulars in news headlines, but a lesser-known plight is plaguing students at campuses across the nation. Food insecurity is an increasingly difficult challenge for many college students, and it leads to poor academic performance and an inability to balance the demands of school, work, and family, according to a new study.
Studying on Empty: A Qualitative Study of Low Food Security Among College Students, from Trellis Company, explores the lived experiences of students with food insecurity, how students cope with its challenges, and how these strategies influence academic performance.
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The report reveals common drivers of food insecurity at the collegiate level and also highlights promising practices for supporting students with low food security.