“Hunger on Campus” is based on a nationwide survey of college students, the broadest study on this issue to date. The study sample includes nearly 3,800 students from 34 colleges in 12 states, including eight community colleges and 26 four-year colleges. The survey sample includes Rutgers students from Newark, New Brunswick, and Camden.
The report is authored by a collection of campus-based groups, including NJPIRG Students, the College and University Food Bank Alliance, and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.
Among the report’s findings:
- Forty-eight percent of students reported food insecurity, including 22 percent who reported very low levels of food security that qualify them as hungry.
- Hunger is a problem at both two-year and four-year institutions. Twenty-five percent of community college students qualified as having very low food security, compared to 20 percent at four-year schools.
- Food insecurity was more prevalent among students of color. Fully 57 percent of Black or African American students reported food insecurity, compared to 40 percent of non-Hispanic white students.
- More than half of all first-generation students (56 percent) were food insecure, compared to 45 percent of students who had at least one parent who attended college.