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Food pantry

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...
September 30, 2016: 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)...
July 13, 2016: 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...
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...
March 23, 2016: Population Health Management
Judith Bernstein, David Dorfman, Julie Lunstead, Deric Topp, Hosana Mamata, Sara Jaffer, Edward Bernstein
OBJECTIVES: Almost 200,000 adolescents visit US emergency departments (EDs) yearly for conditions involving underage drinking but receive no follow-up referral. Other health risk behaviors resulting in sexually transmitted infections, car crashes, and assault-related injury are common among adolescents. A pediatric ED (PED) visit presents an opportunity to discuss and promote prevention. We report here on implementation of a new PED navigator/extender role, the Health Promotion Advocate (HPA)...
March 18, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Howard P Greenwald, Vanessa Zajfen
Risk and prevalence of food insecurity and use of food security resources are important but incompletely understood factors in immigrant health. Key informant interviews and a survey (N = 809) of housing units were conducted in a San Diego, California neighborhood with a high proportion of immigrant and low income families. The difference in food insecurity between immigrant and non-immigrant households was non-significant (20.1 vs. 15.7 %, p = n.s.), though immigrant families were more likely to use food security resources such as SNAP (32...
December 21, 2015: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Ashley Chaifetz, Benjamin Chapman
Almost one in seven American households were food insecure in 2012, experiencing difficulty in providing enough food for all family members due to a lack of resources. Food pantries assist a food-insecure population through emergency food provision, but there is a paucity of information on the food safety-related operating procedures used in the pantries. Food pantries operate in a variable regulatory landscape; in some jurisdictions, they are treated equivalent to restaurants, while in others, they operate outside of inspection regimes...
November 2015: Journal of Food Protection
Hilary K Seligman, Courtney Lyles, Michelle B Marshall, Kimberly Prendergast, Morgan C Smith, Amy Headings, Georgiana Bradshaw, Sophie Rosenmoss, Elaine Waxman
Food insecurity--defined as not having adequate quantity and quality of food at all times for all household members to have an active, healthy life--is a risk factor for poor diabetes control, yet few diabetes interventions address this important factor. Food pantries, which receive food from food banks and distribute it to clients in need, may be ideal sites for diabetes self-management support because they can provide free diabetes-appropriate food to people in low-income communities. Between February 2012 and March 2014, we enrolled 687 food pantry clients with diabetes in three states in a six-month pilot intervention that provided them with diabetes-appropriate food, blood sugar monitoring, primary care referral, and self-management support...
November 2015: Health Affairs
Peter Clarke, Susan H Evans
Vegetables in the diet contribute to disease prevention. However, low-income households underconsume fresh vegetables, perhaps because of cost and of unavailability at nearby stores. A third reason may lurk behind those barriers: cooks' unfamiliarity with various and appealing ways to prepare vegetables. To illuminate that possibility and to suggest interventions that could be designed more effectively to boost vegetable consumption, this study took the novel step of providing ample, if temporary, supplies of a fresh vegetable to random sets of clients of food pantries...
January 2016: Health Promotion Practice
Lindsay Heidelberger, Chery Smith
OBJECTIVE: To pilot Photovoice methodology with low-income, urban 9- to 13-year-olds to gain insight about their food environment and to determine whether this methodology was engaging and acceptable to them. METHODS: Photovoice methodology was used to allow children to represent their food environment. Twenty male and 9 female, low-income, 9- to 13-year-old children participated. Quantitative photograph analysis included quantity taken and usable internal/external and social environment and healthfulness categorizations...
September 2015: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Francesca Gany, Trevor Lee, Rebecca Loeb, Julia Ramirez, Alyssa Moran, Michael Crist, Thelma McNish, Jennifer C F Leng
To examine uptake of a novel emergency food system at five cancer clinics in New York City, hospital-based food pantries, and predictors of use, among low-income urban cancer patients. This is a nested cohort study of 351 patients who first visited the food pantries between October 3, 2011 and January 1, 2013. The main outcome was continued uptake of this food pantry intervention. Generalized estimating equation (GEE) statistical analysis was conducted to model predictors of pantry visit frequency. The median number of return visits in the 4 month period after a patient's initial visit was 2 and the mean was 3...
December 2015: Journal of Community Health
Gene Shackman, Chengxuan Yu, Lynn S Edmunds, Lewis Clarke, Jackson P Sekhobo
We examined the correlation between trends in meals provided through food pantries and long-term unemployment from 2002 through 2012. The New York State Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program provided about 192 million meals through food pantries in 2012-double the number before the Great Recession. Annual food pantry use was strongly correlated with long-term unemployment and remained on an upward trend from 2006 through 2012, even after the Great Recession had ended. These findings suggest that efforts to reduce hunger and food insecurity should continue to be priorities...
March 2015: American Journal of Public Health
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