Low Food Security Present on College Campuses despite High Nutrition Literacy

Carolyn E. Moore, Kathleen E. Davis, Wanyi Wang

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College students have higher food insecurity than non-student households. The relationship between college student food security and nutrition literacy has not been explored. Across three campuses (n = 672), the relationship was assessed between food security and nutrition literacy. Low and very low food security were highly prevalent (44%) with very low food security highest among Black (30%) and freshmen students (32.7%). Among students with adequate nutrition literacy, a greater proportion were food secure (58%) with only 18% having low food security; however, this relationship was weak (r = +0.143, p < .01). Targeted measures to address food security must consider race and student class disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Food insecurity
  • college students
  • nutrition knowledge
  • nutrition literacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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