Although studies on food insecurity among low-income families and children are prevalent, it's rare to come upon a study specifically measuring food insecurities among college students. There are limited accesses for students to government assistance such as food stamps because of their "dependency" on their parents. Although, on paper, the student may still be a dependent, there are a myriad of instances where they are unable to receive monetary help from their parents for different circumstances. My current study is examining an understudied population of college students who use the Knights Helping Knights pantry. The Knights Helping Knights pantry is located on the UCF campus and provides food to students in need. In addition, this study measures awareness of the pantry among a sample of college students. There are two sources of data for this study. The first consists of results from pen and paper surveys given to the students who attend the Knights Helping Knights food pantry located on campus. The second consists of results from an online survey of college students measuring their awareness of the pantry and hunger issues in general. The goal of the research is to examine the barriers to asking for help and the experience of stigma among the students who use the pantry in addition to examining the awareness of other students of the pantry's existence and the need for such a resource.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
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Loftin, Jasmine, "Getting help when needed: food insecurity among college students and the impact of food pantry availability" (2013). HIM 1990-2015. 1426.