Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates

In December 2015, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab released Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates. This report surveys more than 4,000 undergraduate students at 10 community colleges from around the country to assess the incidence of food and housing insecurity, including homelessness, among these students. According to survey results, “half of all community college students are struggling with food and/or housing insecurity. Fully 20 percent are hungry and 13 percent are homeless.”

The report explores the following topics:

  • The Challenge: Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates
  • The Price of Higher Education
  • The Scope of the Challenge
  • Detailed Survey Results
  • Coping Strategies Used by Students
  • Implications for Students and Practitioners
  • Policy and Practice Recommendations

In a related data brief entitled What We’re Learning: Food and Housing Insecurity among College Students, A Data Update from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, released in January 2016, the Lab explores similar issues based on a survey of 1,007 low- and moderate-income college students at ten Wisconsin colleges and universities.