Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Davis, George William

Committee Member

Canales Medine, Dominga Elizabeth

Committee Member

Kim, Ayoung

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Agricultural Economics

Degree Name

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.