Date of Graduation

Winter 12-16-2022

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Restricted Project/Capstone - USF access only

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


Throughout history, the problem of food insecurity and the influence of unhealthy eating patterns has been prevalent. The U.S. food insecurity epidemic has raised concerns among community leaders regarding its impact on low-income families' health. In 2020, 85.2% of households with children in the U.S. experienced food insecurity. Nonetheless, several programs have been empowered to continue with the effort to stop the spread of food insecurity. This study aimed to apply the socioecological model to describe trends leading to food insecurity in San Francisco, California, and examine some existing interventions addressing food insecurity. During this research, some of the current programs that have been implemented were identified, and also new resources for the Kids In Nutrition (KIN) organization were developed. The aim is further to empower low-income communities through strategies such as social media to advocate for solving the issue of food insecurity, and its impact on the lives of families. Families will be empowered to live healthier lifestyles and be inspired to consume nutritional options that will impact their lives in the long run. Implementing social media will increase youth awareness of consuming nutritious foods and will reduce the prevalence of chronic illnesses.

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