Fresh Shelves, Healthy Pantries
To date, no study has tested multiple strategies in food pantries of different sizes to help pantry clients access and select healthy foods. We received the Community Scholars Grant from the Lerner Center of Public Health Promotion to collaborate with the Maryland Food Bank on a feasibility trial. We will develop and test multiple environmental, educational, and policy interventions in small, medium and large food pantries to improve access and uptake of healthful foods by low-income families in Baltimore City.
- To assess the operability, acceptability, perceived sustainability, and implementation quality of different manager/volunteer trainings, food environment interventions, and policy strategies to inform future interventions in food pantries.
- To assess change in availability of healthful foods and beverages on the pantry’s shelves using the FPEC instrument before and after each intervention phase.
- To evaluate nutritional quality of foods selected by clients in terms of Healthy Eating Index (HEI-2010) via checkout observations of client’s carts.
We are currently conducting intervention visits for Phase 1 of our project, promoting Lean & Low Sodium Proteins.