Mississippi State University
Davis, George William
Canales Medine, Dominga Elizabeth
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Economics
Mississippi leads the United States in food insecurity, with 15.3% of Mississippians experiencing food insecurity in a given year. To determine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food insecurity of Mississippians, a survey containing the USDA Household Food Security Questionnaire was distributed to adult Mississippi residents. By employing the USDA Household Food Security Scale and the Foster-Greer-Thorbecke Methodology, this study finds that the food insecurity rate, food insecurity gap, and squared food insecurity gap have worsened in Mississippi since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, this study finds that households which were food insecure prior to March 2020 are more likely to be food insecure after March 2020, as well as households that experienced job loss after March 2020, households that do not purchase groceries online, and households where the survey respondent identifies as a minority besides Black or African American.
Irwin, Hannah Noel, "The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food security of Mississippians" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5559.