Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services

First Advisor

Joanna Snawder-Manzo


Basic Needs Initiative at California State University, Monterey Bay is a department that provides students with food, housing, and wellness resources. Over half of the university's students experience food insecurity, and over 85% use non-academic resources to learn about nutrition. This project adds a dietary health section to the department’s website to increase students’ access to nutrition education. It addresses the micro-level agency problem that too few students eat a healthy, balanced diet. Unhealthy eating is a risk factor for food insecurity, so the project indirectly addresses the macro-level health problem that too many college students in California experience food insecurity. This project’s accessible format, eye-catching graphics, and understandable content gives students more opportunities to expand their knowledge of nutrition and improve their diets. To further address this problem, Basic Needs Initiative could share nutrition education resources with on-campus collaborative partners to reach students who are unfamiliar with the department’s services.