Vol. 15 No. 1

The Effects of Food Insecurity on College Students

Maxfield Adrien Kelly
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Published 2022-05-04


  • social activism,
  • local change,
  • food insecurity,
  • economic instability

How to Cite

Kelly, M. A. (2022). The Effects of Food Insecurity on College Students. URJ-UCCS: Undergraduate Research Journal at UCCS, 15(1). Retrieved from https://urj.uccs.edu/index.php/urj/article/view/551


Food insecurity (FI) relating to college students has been a subject that has bound arguments over cause and effect to one particular understanding. Discourse over the legislation has become fundamental in creating steps that are focused on solving the effects of FI on college students relating to a micro-level. Food insecurity must first be solved on a small scale to be effective on a larger scale. The importance of finding new ways to stop the spread of FI lies in understanding how hunger can affect students. Realistically, for students to function with high cognitive ability, the body must obtain nutrients only available through eating food, with healthy food being the most useful for hungry organs like the brain. The cost of nutrition is especially important for college students who must balance budgets by juggling school, rent, food, and lifestyle choices among other things. This paper explores the importance of students, and general audience members alike, understanding the steps associated with mitigating the effects of food insecurity by creating activism that involves the members of local communities and thus effectively creating positive change that anyone can become a part of.