Narrowing the equity gap in student food security

A student-led approach at the University of Wyoming




Higher Education, Food Insecurity, Colleges, Universities, Basic Needs Insecurity, Food Share



About 40% of U.S. college students experienced food insecurity even before the pandemic, when the numbers rose further (Rafferty et al., this issue). The burdens of the problem rest disproportion­ately on the shoulders of students whom our society already disadvantages, such as students of color and those from families who struggle with low income. Although most institutions of higher education have begun efforts to address food insecurity among students in general, fewer have built strategies that explicitly aim to tackle these stark disparities in which student groups face the highest rates of food insecurity. In this practice brief, we share experiences and practice recom­mendations from our shared work to narrow these gaps at the University of Wyoming (UW). . . .


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Author Biographies

Christine M. Porter, University of Wyoming

Ph.D.; Wyoming Excellence Chair and Professor of Community and Public Health, Division of Kinesiology and Health

Kami Grimm, University of Wyoming

Bachelor of Science student in Environmental Systems Science and Environment and Natural Resources

Rachael Budowle, University of Wyoming

Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Community Resilience and Sustainability, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. Dr. Budowle is now Collegiate Assistant Professor, Honors College, Virginia Tech.

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How to Cite

Porter, C., Grimm, K., & Budowle, R. (2023). Narrowing the equity gap in student food security: A student-led approach at the University of Wyoming. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 12(2), 37–45.



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