The successful implementation of nutrition standards in the charitable food system can have a positive impact on the health of vulnerable populations at high risk for nutrition-related health disparities. However, there is considerable variability in the level of implementation of the Healthy Eating Research Guidelines for the Charitable Food System (HER Guidelines) in food banks, particularly in terms of completeness and accuracy of nutrition ranking. This proposal aims to address these issues by systematically identifying challenges and opportunities to improve the implementation of HER Guidelines. The project has three aims: (1) to investigate the challenges faced by food banks in implementing HER Guidelines; (2) to develop an intervention that improves completeness and accuracy of nutrition ranking; and (3) to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention and its potential for dissemination. This study will use a mixed methods approach. Secondary data from the inventory of 12 food banks will be analyzed to assess completeness and accuracy of nutrition ranking, identifying common errors and omissions. Qualitative data will be collected through interviews with staff from these 12 food banks using questions based on the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) to understand challenges of HER Guidelines implementation. Based on these findings, a technical assistance intervention will be developed. The intervention will then be implemented in a new sample of 8 food banks, with pre- and post-intervention data collected to measure changes in completeness and accuracy of nutrition ranking.
Start Date: November 2023
ID #: 81351
Principal Investigator: Maria Fernanda Gombi Vaca, PhD
Organization: University of Connecticut
Funding Round: HER Round 13
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