Rates of Food Insecurity

at U Of G 

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The Guelph Lab, Meal Exchange (MX), Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH), and Dr. Laura Forbes partnered on research to understand the experiences and prevalence of food insecurity amongst students at U of Guelph. 

In March and April 2019, we sent an online survey to a random sample of 9.000 University of Guelph students. The survey will allow us to investigate: 

  • overall rates of food insecurity 

  • risk factors for food insecurity (sociodemographic characteristics of the survey respondents, including age, gender, race, living situation, employment, and use of a university meal plan. Financial resources were evaluated as a checklist, with survey respondents indicating whether they received financial support from their family or parents, employment, government/federal grants, scholarships, loans, and/or other sources.

  • food literacy rates

We are currently working with graduate students in the Masters of Applied Nutrition program to complete analysis of the survey data. Results will be published in summer 2020. 

Guelph Lab is made possible by the University of Guelph and the City of Guelph

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