This project will develop and test tools to help food banks and food pantries rank food nutritionally through implementation of the Healthy Eating Research Nutrition Guidelines for the Charitable Food System (HER guidelines). The objectives are to: 1) Revise existing SWAP materials to align with the new HER guidelines and develop new materials to complete a suite of tools to help food banks and pantries rank food nutritionally; 2) Recruit eight food banks to pilot test the materials, both within the food banks and within a sample of food pantries in their network; 3) Conduct a process evaluation to measure the adoption, feasibility, and fidelity of the new tools; and 4) Identify challenges and successes with implementation. The tools resulting from this project will be included in Feeding America’s toolkit of resources available to help food banks fully implement the HER guidelines. The subrecipient will produce a website with revised and tested SWAP resources, revised posters and training materials, a readiness checklist, an FAQ document, and a draft report summarizing project findings.
Start Date: August 2020
ID #: CAS064
Project Lead: Katie Martin, PhD
Evaluating the impact of state-level economic-support policies on the nutritional health of kids and familiesTo address ongoing concerns of child poverty across the United States, states have introduced and modified family economic security policies related to the state minimum wage (MW) and state earned income tax credit (EITC). While poor nutritional health disproportionately impacts children who experience poverty, few studies have examined the potentially beneficial effects of state-level MW More