Food Insecurity Among College Students: Background and Policy Options [June 9, 2021] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Summary: "Food insecurity--the condition of having inadequate food due to a lack of resources--affected roughly 1 in 10 Americans in 2019, and this number increased during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. Among college students nationwide, the prevalence of food insecurity is unknown; however, studies have shown that food insecurity is a problem for some college students, particularly those attending two-year schools and those from lower-income households. [...] This report summarizes research on the extent and effects of food insecurity among college students and recent efforts by students, institutions, and governments to reduce food insecurity among this population. It also presents a selection of possible federal policy options to help inform proposals that seek to address food insecurity among college students should Congress continue to consider this topic. These options include ways to target food-insecure college students within existing federal student aid programs, SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program], and programs that support food donations to campus pantries, as well as the creation of new programs to provide food aid to students."
CRS Report for Congress, R46817
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/