Moreland-Russell, Ferris Guest Editors of Special Nutrients Issue on Food Insecurity in Educational Settings

Faculty; Public Health

Sarah Moreland-Russell and Dan Ferris, associate and assistant professors of practice at the Brown School, are collaborating as guest editors for a forthcoming special issue of Nutrients. The issue titled, “Nutrition Policy and Programs in Educational Settings: Equitable Approaches to Food Security,” aims to shed light on the pressing issue of food insecurity among students.

In their call for submissions, Moreland-Russell and Ferris highlight the stark reality that over 20% of U.S. children reside in households grappling with food insecurity, underscoring the crucial role of policies and programs within educational settings in shaping the health and educational outcomes of young populations, particularly those experiencing racial and economic inequities.

The duo’s call for submissions encourages research contributions that comprehensively capture the design, testing, evaluation, implementation, and dissemination of programs and policies aimed at addressing food insecurity in education settings. Whether the focus is on childcare, K-12 or college environments, the emphasis should be on strategies for achieving nutritional equity.

While Moreland-Russell and Ferris have focused their research on nutritional equity in the United States and Missouri, the call welcomes submissions from diverse global perspectives.

Nutrients, a semi-monthly online publication by MDPI, serves as an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal of human nutrition.

Researchers are encouraged to reach out to Moreland-Russell and Ferris with questions and submit manuscripts for consideration before May 15, 2024.