Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences

Degree Level



Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness


Whitehead, Isabel

Committee Member/Reader

Nalley, Lawton

Committee Member/Second Reader

Buckley, Nancy


Food insecurity refers to the uncertainty of having or acquiring enough food to sustain all members of a household. In 2019, 10.5% of households in the United States reported being food insecure. Of that number, 4.1% of households reported ‘very low food security,” meaning that there were additional periods of time in which one or more household members restricted or forfeited their food intake due to lack of money or other resources (USDA, 2020). Without access to proper nutrition, the health of both adults and children are put at risk for illness including anxiety, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other negative health effects (Feeding America, 2020). Households who meet eligibility standards may enroll in food assistance programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Although these resources are available, a gap exists between the number of eligible individuals versus the number of individuals who are enrolled. Additionally, those who are enrolled tend to express dissatisfaction with the educational resources available to them. This study aims to identify this gap as well as develop a plan to overcome it.


Food Insecurity, SNAP, WIC, Communications, Northwest Arkansas, Arkansas

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