Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


Human Development & Family Science


In this capstone project, the focal topic was food insecurity and food assistance with the target population being college students attending California State University Monterey Bay. This demographic includes a diverse group of young adults from various socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures. Food insecurity is rampant across our country, county, and college campuses. It impacts families and individuals of all backgrounds and there is a need for knowledge pertaining to this topic and affordable, nutritious food access and resources. One in three children and one in four adults are affected by food scarcity in Monterey County and thirty-four percent of county residents cannot afford food consistently (Food Bank Monterey County, 2023). Due to alarming rates of food insecurity in our community, there is a need for a workshop that provides information between already existing resources and those who are facing food insecurity. Due to this need, I developed a one-time workshop that not only educates college students regarding this topic but also empowers and equips them to seek the resources available to them. The first part of the workshop focuses on destigmatizing food pantries and addresses misconceptions and negative attitudes toward food insecurity. The second part of the workshop provides essential information as to why food security is important for student success. The last part of the workshop provides information about food pantries in the county and what days resources are available. The location was at a meeting house near the CSUMB campus and the participants were in their twenties.