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Study Suggests Some Oregon College Students Are Food Insecure

Photo: Curtis Perry/Flickr

Photo: Curtis Perry/Flickr

A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior suggests that nearly 60 percent of students at Western Oregon University (WOU) in Monmouth may suffer from what’s known as food insecurity — a lack of access to an adequate supply of healthy food. It’s a broad term that can include, but is not limited to, the experience of hunger.

Oregon State University researchers say although the research was conducted with data from WOU, the study also suggests that food insecurity is a problem on other colleges campuses as well. Researchers say the increase in food banks on or near college campuses in recent years is another indication of food insecurity among college students.

Do you attend or teach college classes in Oregon? How do the results of this study resonate with your personal experience?


  • Daniel Lopez-Cevallos: Co-author of the study and associate director of research for the Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement (CL@SE)
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