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Study: During Recession, 2-Year College Students Are Most At Risk Of Food Insecurity

Students enrolled in two year colleges are more likely to experience food insecurity than four year students and the general population. The gap was highest just after the recession.

According to a new report from the Urban Institute, about 20 percent of students enrolled in two-year colleges between 2011 and 2015 experienced food insecurity, or lacked reliable access to affordable and nutritious food.

Kristin Blagg, a researcher from the study, said it’s tough to say exactly why this kind of gap exists. But she explained the data suggests one possibility is that economically vulnerable people, like those who have lost a job, are more likely to enroll in a two-year school.

"They’re much more likely to be head of their household and much more likely to have children in the household and that may put them more at risk," said Blagg.

According to past research, food insecurity among college students in general is linked with increased health problems, poor academic performance and other mental health symptoms.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.