Date of Graduation

Summer 8-11-2023

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Marissa Kraynak


A challenge that undocumented immigrants in California face with is the insecurity of food. The experience of food insecurity for undocumented immigrants is more than just a shortage of food, but rather it is the limited access and poor quality of food. Having accessibility to food is important for one’s wellbeing and in lowering the rate of other health disparities that is a public health problem. This paper will discuss the prevalence of food insecurity among undocumented immigrants in California and the barriers that they face with food assistance programs. Further discussion will focus on current interventions that are being made and will be explained through policy, organizational, interpersonal, and individual levels. Recommendations will then be made to improve food accessibility to undocumented immigrants in expansion and outreach. The aim is to improve the improve the challenge of food insecurity through creating more food programs that can be accessible to undocumented regardless of age of status.