Student Food and Housing Insecurity at NC State




  • Virtual

Event Description

Join the Libraries for a facilitated discussion regarding student food and housing insecurity at NC State. During the course of this hour we will present new data on student homelessness and food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new information builds upon a 2017 study which showed that 14% of NC State students were food insecure in the past 30 days and 9.6% had experienced homelessness in the past year. Food and housing insecurity has been shown to have a hugely detrimental impact on student mental health, nutrition, perseverance and ultimately graduation. 

Studies also show that lower-income and first-generation students are much more likely to be adversely affected by the unexpected costs encountered while attending college and most at-risk of dropping out altogether due to financial challenges. 

Joining us for a panel discussion are Dr. Mary Haskett (Professor of Psychology at NC State and Co-Chair of the NC State Student Food and Housing Security Initiative), author and filmmaker Diane Nilan (Dismazed and Driven: My Look at Family Homelessness in America) and recent NC State graduate and advocate, Indira Gutierrez, now a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina

Pop-up Food Pantry

Immediately following the virtual event, between 3PM - 5PM, Feed the Pack will be hosting a pop-up food pantry outside the Hillsborough St. entrance to Hill Library from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Feed The Pack:

Feed The Pack is a critical resource for many students, staff and faculty across our campus. 13.4% of NC State students are estimated to have visited the food pantry.  About 1/3 of our students who experienced food insecurity reported using the pantry; about 1/3 of our students who are First Generation have used it; 50% of students who are international have used the pantry; almost 40% of students who have SNAP benefits have used it. Click here to find out how you can support Feed the Pack.

Support NC State Students

Gifts to Pack Essentials help students during their time as part of the Wolfpack. NC State and campus partners have developed programs to support students in need of food, housing, financial, and educational security.

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Contact Information

Marian Fragola

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.


If assistive technology, live captioning, or other accommodations would improve your experience at this event, please contact us. We encourage you to contact us early about this to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

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