Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Interdisciplinary Anthropology

Research Sponsor

Dr. Isa Rodriguez-Soto

First Reader

Dr. Carolyn Behrman

Second Reader

Dr. Brian Pendelton


Food insecurity is a ubiquitous and stigmatized, equal-opportunity threat to community health. Irregular access to nutritious foods impacts both physical and emotional well-being. Food insecurity is burgeoning in the suburbs. Economic hardships of the recession have impacted families that were previously middle class, and in this environment, food insecurity is often hidden and unacknowledged with unique challenges and coping strategies. This ethnographic study in the Midwestern U.S. examines the intersection of poverty and shame associated with diminished household resources. The research considers solutions and applications beyond food provisioning that can reverse negative emotional impact on individuals while stabilizing the community.