Start Date: January 2022

Organization: University of Connecticut

Project Lead: Marlene Schwartz, PhD

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The overall goal of the proposed analysis is to facilitate the successful implementation of the Healthy Eating Research Nutrition Guidelines for the Charitable Food System through the following four components: (1 Scoring – evaluate all food products provided through the federal food distribution programs (e.g., TEFAP, CSFP, FDPIR) according to the HER nutrition guidelines and make this information publicly available; (2 Naming – build upon the HER nutrition guidelines’ 11 food categories to develop a food item naming convention for food banks to use on their item cards by convening a small, national panel of leading food bank nutrition professionals; 3) Implementing – implement the naming convention into WellSCAN Global (the database that houses UPCs and HER Ranks; and 4) Building – input records of food products to build WellSCAN Global.

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