Date of Conferral



Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Danette Brown


AbstractMany college students struggle with having enough money to pay for the costs of college and basic necessities, such as adequate food, which leads to food insecurity. Food insecurity results in a more challenging time focusing on studying and less success in school. This study addressed the lack of a profile of a food-insecure California community college student at Hiker’s Community College (HCC; pseudonym) in the Central Valley of California. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the profile of a food-insecure student and to determine relationships between food insecurity and ethnicity, gender, being a first-generation college student, being a non-traditional student, and being a single parent at HCC by using the USDA Six-Item Short Form survey module. Maslow’s humanistic theory of motivation was the theoretical framework used to guide this study on food insecurity and college students. A quantitative correlational design was used as the basis for this study. A binary logistic regression analysis was conducted, including using a stepwise approach, to analyze the data. Results showed no statistical relationships between the independent variables and food insecurity. However, the results found 59% of HCC students were food insecure, which is a high percentage of students who do not have adequate food and nutrition. Of all student respondents, 81% were first-generation students, and 75% were females. This study contributes to positive social change by informing college leaders of the high prevalence of food-insecure students, which supports the need for intervention.