Food insecurity is a very real situation for University of California students.

It affects more UCR students than one might think!

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Food insecurity is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate/safe foods,
or the ability to acquire such foods in a socially acceptable manner.

The degree of food insecurity per individual/household can vary. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
uses labels to define levels of food insecurity, including:

 

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low food security

 

LOW FOOD SECURITY

Reports of reduced quality, variety or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake.

 

very low food security

 

VERY LOW FOOD SECURITY

Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.

 

 

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More than 6 out of 10, or 62.5%, of UCR students surveyed experience food insecurity.

 

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More than 4 out of 10, or 42%, of students surveyed UC-wide experience food insecurity.

UCR UNDERGRADUATES

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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students surveyed worried their food would run out before they got money to buy more.

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students surveyed worried their food would run out before they got money to buy more.

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students surveyed often skipped or cut meal sizes because of a lack of money to buy food.

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students surveyed often skipped or cut meal sizes because of a lack of money to buy food.

 

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WHICH STUDENTS ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR FOOD INSECURITY?

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African American, Hispanic and LGBTQ undergraduates experience higher rates of food insecurity than their fellow UCR students.

The higher the risk for food insecurity, the lower the cumulative GPA. 

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Throughout the UC system, these students are at a significantly higher risk
for food insecurity:

Undergraduate students

Students with a low socioeconomic status

Underrepresented minority students, such as African Americans, American Indians and Hispanics/Latinos(as)

Former foster care youth

Graduate students in the humanities

Academic master’s and doctoral students who have not advanced to candidacy

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Questions?

Contact the UCR Basic Needs Working Group at basicneeds@ucr.edu. This group of faculty, staff and students coordinates services and programming to address basic needs at UCR.

Definitions of Food Security, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
2015 Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) Survey (administered by the UC’s Office of the President; 759 UCR responses)
2016 University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCES) (5,210 responses)
2016 Graduate Well Being Survey (549 UCR responses)

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