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Use this guide to find information on food insecurity and college students


Welcome!  Use this guide to find information about food insecurity and college students.  The Hillsborough Community College campuses are setting up food pantries to help students facing food insecurity.  This research guide is just getting started.  Send suggestions for additions and changes to Ilene Frank 

Recent : 

Hope4College. (2020, June). #RealCollege during the pandemic: New evidence on basic needs insecurity and student well-being.   

Hope4College. (2019, March).  California Community Colleges #REALCOLLEGESURVEY  

Hillsborough Community College opens food pantry to help feed struggling students. (2019, January 15).   ABC Action News WFTS

Jackson, L. (2019, January 9).  The U. S. did a major report on campus hunger. Here are 3 takeawaysThe Chronicle of Higher Education.

Brown, D. (2019, December 4). USF's food pantry initiatives fight student hunger, stigma.  WUSF News.

Sara Goldrick-Rab

Goldrick-Rab, S.  (2016, September 27).   Interview with Trevor Noah. Discusses the cost of college.   The Daily Show.


Books on Food Insecurity

RealCollege Press

"#RealCollege focuses on the struggles, triumphs, and realities of what it means to be in college today. Through education, innovation, and collective action we seek to change the landscape of higher education so that all students can afford and complete their studies."

See  for press releases from RealCollege

How are other food pantries operating during the pandemic?

Food Insecurity and College Students

Bauer-Wolf, Jeremy (2017, August 1)   Students without food.  Inside Higher Ed.  Retrieved from


Carapezza, Kirk.  (2017, February 8).  The number of hungry and homeless students rises along with college costs.  NPR


Diamond, K. K., & Stebleton, M. J. (2017, April 11).  “Do you understand what it means to be hungry?” Food insecurity on campus and the role of higher education professionals.  The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal.  Retrieved from


Goldrick-Rab, Sara.  (2017, November 7).  Poverty is largely invisible among college students.  Talk Poverty.  Retrieved from


Reed, Matt  (2017, October 24). "I chose abuse, because it seemed safer": A report from the #RealCollege conference on food insecurity of students   Inside Higher Ed  Retrieved from


The Second #RealCollege Convening on College Food and Housing Insecurity.

October 23 and 24. Philadelphia, Temple University

Storify (i.e. tweets from the conference held at Temple University, October 23 and 24, 2017). Retrieved from


United States. GAO. Better Information Could Help Eligible College Students Access Federal Food Assistance Benefits  GAO-19-95: Published: Dec 21, 2018. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2019.  


Twitter hashtags and handles


@CUFBA    College and University Food Bank Alliance  



@hope4college  Hope Center for College








Brandon Campus - Food 2 Finish soft launch August 21, 2019

The Hillsborough Community College  - Brandon campus. Food2Finish. 

Partners include the HCC Foundation ; Feeding Tampa Bay;  Suncoast Credit Union

Food2Finish poster with Suncoast Credit Union's support