Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Nutrition and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

Melinda Valliant

Second Advisor

Georgianna Mann

Third Advisor

Anne Bomba

Relational Format



A study done by Georgetown University in 2019 found that one-fourth of NCAA, D1 collegiate athletes experience food insecurity. The study purpose was to examine food security levels in student athletes at a southern university and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security in these students. A survey was completed by student athletes to determine their food security levels during the 2020 academic year at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey included questions relating to food security based on the USDA’s food insecurity module as well as questions specifically related to the impact of food security as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings from 218 athletes suggest that the average number of athletes experiencing food insecurity was 16% in the 2020 survey. Approximately 43% of the total number of athletes completing the survey reported food insecurity related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These results suggest that colleges should screen for the food security status of athletes in order to be able to better provide programming, resources, and other forms of aid.

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