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Food Insecurity

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

It affects more UCR students than one might think! 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.

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) uses labels to define levels of food insecurity, including:
LOW FOOD SECURITY

LOW FOOD SECURITY

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

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VERY LOW FOOD SECURITY

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

 
Students Impact
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 10or 42% of students surveyed UC-wide experience food insecurity.
3 in 5

UCR UNDERGRADS

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

2 in 6

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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

1 in 5

UCR UNDERGRADS

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

1 in 6

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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

Which students

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.
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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.

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