Call for Papers in a Special Section of JAFSCD
Justice and Equity Approaches to College and University Student Food (In)Security
Presubmission Review Submission Deadline: February 28, 2022
Final Manuscript Deadline: March 15, 2022
Complete JAFSCD’s query form to receive a presubmission review and invitation to formally submit.
Section Sponsor: the Interinstitutional Network for Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability (INFAS)
Special Section Co-Editors
- Rachael Budowle, Assistant Professor of Community Resilience and Sustainability, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming
- Christine Porter, Wyoming Excellence Chair and Professor of Community and Public Health, Division of Kinesiology and Health, University of Wyoming; INFAS Executive Committee Chair
- Caitlin McLennan, MA Student, Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning, Tufts University; former University of Wyoming Food Security Taskforce student co-coordinator
Food insecurity rates among students at public and private colleges and universities typically range from 22% to 50%. Students who experience food insecurity are more likely to have anxiety and depression, poorer physical health, lower GPAs, higher drop-out rates, and housing insecurity and homelessness than their food-secure peers.
Both research- and practice-based approaches have explored these student outcomes and the prevalence of student food insecurity within and across colleges and universities. Colleges and universities are also implementing strategies to reduce student food insecurity, including food pantries, meal swipe sharing, growing food on campus, alerts for recovering good food from events and dining centers, and subsidized or at-cost grocery stores.
As the cost of attending college continues to increase, postgraduation employment becomes more uncertain and insecure, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these challenges, student food insecurity may become a far less temporary condition associated with the college experience. Moreover, members of historically marginalized and underrepresented student populations may be at greater risk for experiencing food insecurity.
The wide-ranging, ongoing, and severe challenge of student food insecurity requires systemic solutions and exploration. Scholarship on student food security has largely lacked the systemic and justice-based lenses that have long been applied to broader understandings of food (in)security. Accordingly, we seek empirical and practical contributions that explore topics including but not limited to:
- Underlying factors contributing to student food insecurity
- What groups within student populations tend to have higher rates of food insecurity
- Equity-based approaches to supporting food security for and with historically marginalized and underrepresented student populations
- Student-led approaches to addressing food insecurity
- Novel, radical, and systemic approaches for addressing student food insecurity that seek to move beyond emergency support strategies, such as pantries
- Dignity-based, sharing, and stigma-reducing strategies for student food security
- Community-university/town-gown partnerships for addressing student food insecurity
All manuscripts require presubmission review and approval by the special section guest editors. Complete the JAFSCD query form by February 28, 2022. This step will include uploading your research article manuscript, policy or practice brief, or commentary. If your presubmission manuscript is approved for consideration in the special section, you will receive a link to submit it to JAFSCD’s editorial management system.
JAFSCD and INFAS have partnered to produce special sections such as this one that are guest-edited by INFAS members and further the missions of both organizations. Joining INFAS is free. INFAS supports JAFSCD as a national partner, making an annual contribution to JAFSCD as a community-supported journal that is freely accessible to all, worldwide.
 Payne-Sturges, D. C., Tjaden, A., Caldeira, K. M., Vincent, K. B., & Arria, A. M. (2018). Student hunger on campus: Food insecurity among college students and implications for academic institutions. American Journal of Health Promotion, 32(2), 349–354. https://doi.org/10.1177/0890117117719620
 Maroto, M. E., Snelling, A., & Linck, H. (2015). Food insecurity among community college students: Prevalence and association with grade point average. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 39(6), 515–526. https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2013.850758
 Dubick, J., Matthews, B., & Cady, C. (2016). Hunger on campus: The challenge of student food insecurity for college students. College and University Food Bank Alliance, National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, Student Government Resource Center, & Student Public Interest Research Groups.
 Silva, M. R., Kleinert, W. L., Sheppard, A. V., Cantrell, K. A., Freeman-Coppadge, D. J., Tsoy, E., Roberts, T., & Pearrow, M. (2017). The relationship between food security, housing stability, and school performance among college students in an urban university. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 19(3), 284–299. https://doi.org/10.1177/1521025115621918
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