The Library's Role in Combating Food Insecurity on Campus

Over 30% of college students are food insecure, which the USDA defines as “the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.” Hunger makes it harder to concentrate and many of these students find themselves choosing between acquiring a textbook or purchasing food. These factors all impact learning and student retention. Academic libraries are partners in supporting student success and have made great strides towards addressing the high costs of course materials such as textbooks. Open educational resources, ebooks, and the traditional shelf of circulating textbooks are examples of library initiatives in this regard. On the issue of hunger on campus, academic libraries have lagged behind their public library peers and, while many campuses have food banks, library involvement has been limited. This talk will shine a spotlight on several food bank/academic library partnerships and illustrate how these initiatives further broader organizational goals.

Presented at the 25th Conference of Atmospheric Science Librarians International. (



Work Title The Library's Role in Combating Food Insecurity on Campus
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  1. Linda Musser
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Publication Date January 27, 2022
Deposited February 27, 2022




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