Food Scarcity on Campus Affects Learning in the Classroom

Updated: May 10, 2018

Elizabeth Barnes, Chair of Academic Support, Daytona State College

Erin LeDuc, Director, Center for Women and Men, Daytona State College

The Reality of Food Insecurity

It’s just common sense, right? There is no use asking students to show up academically prepared for class without asking them to be cognitively prepared first. Doyle and Zakrajsek (2013) tell students: “Showing up to class without proper sleep and exercise and without nourishing or hydrating your brain will cause your brain to operate inefficiently and make learning much more difficult” (8). It doesn’t matter how meaningful and engaging the classroom experience might be, if students are hungry, they can't concentrate; they can’t learn.