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Food pantry

Caitlin Eicher Caspi, Cynthia Davey, Robin Friebur, Marilyn S Nanney
Since the start of the 2007 economic downturn, reliance on emergency food assistance suppliers (e.g., food pantries, also known as food shelves) has increased. Many food shelves strive to provide effective nutrition programs to serve their clients, even while they are faced with a scarcity of resources. Rigorous evaluation of the impact of such programming on dietary outcomes is, therefore, warranted. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a pilot cooking and nutrition education intervention among food shelf clients...
2017: Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
Carmen Byker Shanks
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April 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Clement J Bottino, Erinn T Rhodes, Catherine Kreatsoulas, Joanne E Cox, Eric W Fleegler
OBJECTIVE: To describe a clinical approach for food insecurity screening incorporating a menu offering food-assistance referrals, and to examine relationships between food insecurity and referral selection. METHODS: Caregivers of 3- to 10-year-old children presenting for well-child care completed a self-administered questionnaire on a laptop computer. Items included the US Household Food Security Survey Module: 6-Item Short Form (food insecurity screen) and a referral menu offering assistance with: 1) finding a food pantry, 2) getting hot meals, 3) applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and 4) applying for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)...
March 13, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
Nicholas A Higgins, Andrew B Talone, Nicholas W Fraulini, Janan A Smither
BACKGROUND: Research assessing work processes in food pantries has been limited to the client's experience and aspects of food donations [3-5]. Research on food pantries has yet to focus on understanding and evaluating worker-environment interaction. OBJECTIVE: The present case study examined the interaction between workers and their work environment while performing common tasks in a food pantry. METHODS: Data were collected through naturalistic observations and structured interviews...
February 27, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
Sunny Smith, David Malinak, Jinnie Chang, Maria Perez, Sandra Perez, Erica Settlecowski, Timothy Rodriggs, Ming Hsu, Alexandra Abrew, Sofia Aedo
Food insecurity is associated with many poor health outcomes yet is not routinely addressed in clinical settings. The purpose of this study was to implement a food insecurity screening and referral program in Student-run Free Clinics (SRFC) and to document the prevalence of food insecurity screening in this low-income patient population. All patients seen in three SRFC sites affiliated with one institution in San Diego, California were screened for food insecurity using the 6-item United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Security Survey between January and July 2015 and referred to appropriate resources...
March 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
Jayna M Dave, Deborah I Thompson, Ann Svendsen-Sanchez, Lorna Haughton McNeill, Maria Jibaja-Weiss
The focus of this article is the development of a nutrition education intervention for food bank clients. Formative research using mixed-methods (qualitative and quantitative) and community-based participatory research principles was conducted to assess the nutrition education needs of clients obtaining service from the Houston Food Bank (HFB). Participants were HFB and pantry staff and clients. Interview data were coded and analyzed using grounded theory approach. Themes were then identified. Quantitative data were analyzed for frequencies and descriptives...
November 29, 2016: Health Promotion Practice
Mackenzie Perkett, Shannon M Robson, Varsha Kripalu, Christina Wysota, Charlotte McGarry, David Weddle, Mia A Papas, Freda Patterson
Food assistance recipients are at higher risk for poor cardiovascular health given their propensity to poor dietary intake and tobacco use. This study sought to evaluate the cardiovascular health status, and determine the impact of a low-intensity smoking cessation education intervention that connected mobile food pantry participants to state quit-smoking resources. A pre-post design with a 6-week follow-up was used to evaluate the impact of a 10-12 min smoking cessation education session implemented in five food pantries in Delaware...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Community Health
Wayne C Miller, Denver Rogalla, Dustin Spencer, Nida Zia, Brian N Griffith, Haylee B Heinsberg
INTRODUCTION: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) describes a food desert as an urban neighborhood or rural town without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. An estimated 2.3 million rural Americans live in food deserts. One goal of the USDA is to eliminate food deserts. However, at a time when some food deserts are being eliminated, hundreds of grocery stores are closing, causing other food deserts to arise. The literature is scarce on how a community adapts to an impending food desert...
October 2016: Rural and Remote Health
Anja Simmet, Julia Depa, Peter Tinnemann, Nanette Stroebele-Benschop
In many affluent countries, food-insecure households use food pantries to keep their family fed. The long-term dependence of many users on these programs calls for a systematic review of studies on the nutritional quality of food provided by food pantries. The purpose of this systematic review was to summarize the current scientific evidence about the nutritional quality of food bags distributed by food pantries. A systematic literature search was conducted in the electronic databases PubMed, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and Psychology Behavioral Sciences Collection to identify cross-sectional, cohort, and intervention studies reporting baseline data conducted in high-income countries and published between 1980 and 2015, which reported the nutritional quality of food bags distributed by food pantries...
October 7, 2016: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Anja Simmet, Julia Depa, Peter Tinnemann, Nanette Stroebele-Benschop
Users of food pantries often have a long history of food insecurity and may be vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies. The quality of their diets is not well researched. The purpose of this systematic review was to summarize the published evidence about the dietary quality of food pantry users. Systematic database searches of PubMed, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and Psychology Behavioral Sciences Collection, and hand searches of references were conducted to identify cross-sectional, cohort, and intervention studies reporting baseline data, conducted in high-income countries and published between 1980 and 2015, which reported on the nutritional adequacy of individuals who have used a food pantry at least once in the previous 12 months...
October 7, 2016: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Betty L Kaiser, Gay R Thomas, Barbara J Bowers
Lack of diversity among study participants in clinical research limits progress in eliminating health disparities. The engagement of lay stakeholders, such as patient or community advisory boards (CABs), has the potential to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups by providing a structure for gathering feedback on research plans and materials from this target population. However, many CABs intentionally recruit prominent stakeholders who are connected to or comfortable with research and academia and thus may not accurately represent the perspectives of underrepresented groups who have been labeled hard-to-reach, including racial minorities and low-income or low-literacy populations...
February 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
Katia Castetbon, Dorothée Grange, Gaëlle Guibert, Michel Vernay, Hélène Escalon, Catherine Vincelet
BACKGROUND: In 2004-2005, a survey carried out on food recipients in France revealed an alarming nutritional situation. In 2011-2012, and using a protocol similar to that of 2004-2005, our objective was to update the description of sociodemographic characteristics, dietary behaviors and clinical parameters of food assistance recipients and to analyze changes since 2004-2005. METHODS: Both surveys included multistage random sampling of adults benefitting from structures that supply food pantries and charitable grocery stores...
2016: BMC Public Health
Matthew M Ippolito, Courtney R Lyles, Kimberly Prendergast, Michelle Berger Marshall, Elaine Waxman, Hilary Kessler Seligman
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between level of food security and diabetes self-management among food pantry clients, which is largely not possible using clinic-based sampling methods. DESIGN: Cross-sectional descriptive study. SETTING: Community-based food pantries in California, Ohio and Texas, USA, from March 2012 through March 2014. SUBJECTS: Convenience sample of adults with diabetes queuing at pantries (n 1237; 83 % response)...
January 2017: Public Health Nutrition
Anna E Greer, Bronwyn Cross-Denny, Michelle McCabe, Brianna Castrogivanni
This study provides economically disadvantaged, minority food pantry patrons (hereafter, patrons) a meaning-ful voice by examining their experiences trying to obtain sufficient, nutritious food. Five focus groups were conducted using a semistructured discussion guide. Atlast.ti software was used to manage and analyze the data. Patrons reported that pantry staff who preserved their dignity by showing compassion were highly valued. Stigma and shame associated with pantry use were major concerns. Patrons suggested environmental and policy changes to improve their food acquisition experiences...
July 2016: Family & Community Health
Norbert L W Wilson, David R Just, Jeffery Swigert, Brian Wansink
BACKGROUND: Food pantries and food banks are interested in cost-effective methods to encourage the selection of targeted foods without restricting choices. Thus, this study evaluates the effectiveness of nudges toward targeted foods. METHODS: In October/November 2014, we manipulated the display of a targeted product in a New York State food pantry. We evaluated the binary choice of the targeted good when we placed it in the front or the back of the category line (placement order) and when we presented the product in its original box or unboxed (packaging)...
May 12, 2016: Journal of Public Health
Kevin L Joiner, Rosa Maria Sternberg, Christine M Kennedy, Yoshimi Fukuoka, Jyu-Lin Chen, Susan L Janson
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to describe perception of risk for developing diabetes among foreign-born Spanish-speaking US Latinos. METHODS: Participants (N = 146), recruited at food-pantry distribution events and free clinics, were surveyed using the Risk Perception Survey for Developing Diabetes in Spanish. Type 2 diabetes risk factors measured included body mass index, physical activity, and A1C. RESULTS: Sample characteristics were mean (SD) age of 39...
August 2016: Diabetes Educator
Leslie R Carnahan, Kristine Zimmermann, Nadine R Peacock
INTRODUCTION: Living in a rural food desert has been linked to poor dietary habits. Understanding community perspectives about available resources and feasible solutions may inform strategies to improve food access in rural food deserts. The objective of our study was to identify resources and solutions to the food access problems of women in rural, southernmost Illinois. METHODS: Fourteen focus groups with women (n = 110 participants) in 4 age groups were conducted in a 7-county region as part of a community assessment focused on women's health...
April 28, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Akiko S Hosler, Isaac H Michaels, Erin M Buckenmeyer
OBJECTIVE: To investigate relationships among food shopping venues, food environment, and body mass index (BMI). DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey data and directly assessed food environment data were linked at the neighborhood level. SETTING: Schenectady, NY. PARTICIPANTS: A sample of Guyanese, black, and white adults (n = 226, 485, and 908, respectively). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: BMI. ANALYSIS: Linear regression models were constructed with 10 food shopping venues and neighborhood food environment as explanatory variables, controlling for sociodemographics, dietary behavior, physical activity, and perception of healthy food access...
June 2016: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Thomas P O'Toole, Erin E Johnson, Riccardo Aiello, Vincent Kane, Lisa Pape
INTRODUCTION: Although the clinical consequences of homelessness are well described, less is known about the role for health care systems in improving clinical and social outcomes for the homeless. We described the national implementation of a "homeless medical home" initiative in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and correlated patient health outcomes with characteristics of high-performing sites. METHODS: We conducted an observational study of 33 VHA facilities with homeless medical homes and patient- aligned care teams that served more than 14,000 patients...
March 31, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Etienne J Phipps, S Brook Singletary, Clarissa A Cooblall, Horacio D Hares, Leonard E Braitman
Having access to adequate and appropriate food is a major population health issue. This study investigated food insecurity in patients with high rates of inpatient hospitalization ("super-utilizers"). Forty adults with ≥3 hospital inpatient admissions within a 12-month period were interviewed in an urban hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between March 2015 and May 2015. Inpatient admission history was obtained from hospital billing data. The majority had ≥5 hospitalizations in the past 12 months and ≥6 chronic conditions...
December 2016: Population Health Management
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