Food Insecurity on Campus
Food insecurity refers to the lack of access to enough food or limited and uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate food.
According to the Regional Foodbank of Oklahoma, one in six Oklahomans struggle with hunger. Many within the SSC community suffer from food insecurity issues.
Lack of nutritious food can be detrimental to the success of our students. Financial hardship can be distracting and can compromise students' ability to perform well in classes.
On College Campuses, according to National Students Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness students fall into these catergories
- 21 % Marginal Food Security
- 31 % High Food Security
- 26% Low Food Security
- 22% Very Low Food Security
- 44 % of students cut the size of their meals or skipped meals because there wasn't enough money for food
- 15% of students lost weight because there wasn't enough money for food
- 20 % of students did not eat for a whole day because there wasn't enough money for food.
According to Hunger In Oklahoma Executive Summary
72 % Househods choose between food & utilities, 66% choose between food & medical care, 27% choose between food & education