Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Jung Ha Kim
Food security is necessary for an active, healthy life, yet 14.0% of the nation’s households reported insecurity in 2014. Certain segments of the population which contain high proportions of noncitizens have greater than average rates of food insecurity. The rules of eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) render some noncitizens ineligible possibly contributing to these high rates. Data in the Food Security Supplement of the December 2014 Current Population Survey show the rates of food insecurity differ among households of different citizenship status. When compared to households composed entirely of U.S. born citizens, households composed entirely of noncitizens and households including at least one citizen born in U.S. territories are more food insecure. Households composed entirely of naturalized citizens are less food insecure than the U.S. born. Length of residence of the foreign born was not found to be significant.
Thomson, Rita B., "Food Insecurity among Noncitizens and Citizens Born in U.S. Territories." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2017.