Date of Award
Capstone - Open Access
Master of Education (MEd)
The purpose of this project was to explore food insecurity among college students. Research was conducted about the rate of food insecurity among college students and how higher education institutions have addressed the issue. Researchers have found that 33-40% of college students nationwide experience some level of food insecurity, and it disproportionately affects underrepresented populations of college students. With the rising cost of college education, campuses have enacted creative solutions to help improve the effects of food insecurity across this population. Upon analyzing this societal issue locally, a gap in food security resources was identified at Merrimack College. As a result, a proposal was created to advocate for a food pantry on campus. The proposal was presented to a panel of Merrimack College staff and administrators. The group provided constructive feedback in an interview-style discussion. Participants were encouraged to share their perspectives on the importance of food insecurity on campus, identify potential barriers, assess the feasibility of creating a pantry, and provide their insights about strengthening the proposal. Most participants supported the idea of pursuing the initiative and expressed interest in continuing the conversation.
LaMonica, Erin, "Food for Thought: Recommendations to Create a Food Pantry at Merrimack College" (2023). Community Engagement Student Work. 89.