Date of Award

5-25-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International & Global Studies: International Development and University Honors

Department

International and Global Studies

First Advisor

Lynne C. Messer

Subjects

Food supply -- United States -- States, Nutrition surveys -- United States -- States, Hunger -- United States -- States, Portland State University -- Students -- Food security

DOI

10.15760/honors.621

Abstract

This research evaluates the role of food insecurity at universities through an examination of hunger in the U.S., a collection of academic and organizational research on hunger at universities across multiple states, and finally through the results of a survey, conducted by the researcher, that assesses the causes of food insecurity at Portland State University. By analyzing the results of this survey, university-specific factors that contribute to student food insecurity are identified, as well as solutions which could prevent those factors from manifesting in the future. Based on this analysis, this research also explores how data entry systems can be adjusted to address and track these factors, and any subsequently implemented solutions, in order to constantly progress our understanding of university hunger and encourage holistic approaches amongst decision-makers.

Key Words: Food insecurity, Student food insecurity, University hunger, University-specific factors

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/25487

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