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A new publication by the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, Healthy Shelves: Promoting and enhancing good nutrition in food pantries, was released in January 2015. This 24 page booklet offers tips and strategies for linking food pantries and community partners to get healthier food onto the shelves of pantries and into the homes of food pantry customers. With strategies based on more than two years of field work, the guide highlights nutrition improvement activities in the areas of Food Availability and Access, Food Consumption, Food Pantry Capacity and Development, and Food Acquisition and Distribution. Personal stories highlight the innovative work of pantry directors and partners committed to improving community health.
The complete booklet including supplemental materials can be downloaded from the Healthy Shelves home page. For more information, contact Bill McKelvey at McKelveyWA@missouri.edu.
Promoting and Enhancing Good Nutrition in Food Pantries
This new publication from the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security dives into the topic of food pantry nutrition. Based on more than two years of working closely with food pantries in central Missouri, the guide offers a number of creative and promising approaches to getting healthier foods in to food pantries and on the tables of food pantry customers.
The resource highlights nutrition improvement strategies in four different areas – Food Availability and Access, Food Consumption, Food Pantry Capacity and Development, and Food Acquisition and Distribution. It also spotlights the work of people and organizations making it happen.
Healthy Shelves can be downloaded here.
Additional resources that accompany the guide can be found at the links below:
- Healthy Food Drive Tips – for hosting a food drive with a focus on healthier foods.
- Donating Produce from Farms and Gardens – for tips on how food pantries and growers can work together to increase produce donations.
- Safely Harvesting and Handling Produce – for tips on using safe harvesting and handling practices when making donations of fresh produce to a food pantry.
- Seeds that Feed – for starting a seed distribution and gardening education program to help more food pantry customers grow their own.
Contact Bill McKelvey, McKelveyWA@missouri.edu, for more information.
This project is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Grant No. 2010-85216-20645 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Human Nutrition and Obesity Program – 93330.
Looking for ways to engage food banks and anti-hunger allies in a meaningful dialogue about long-term solutions to hunger, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona hosted the inaugural Closing the Hunger Gap conference in Tucson in 2013. Sessions featured innovative organizations that incorporate nutrition education, community organizing, policy, economic development, and local food production into their work. Discussions centered on the root causes of hunger and tangible ways food banks can work together to address the most pressing issues and needs of their clients. The conference concluded with an action planning session to build momentum for ongoing work and collaboration among attendees.
To keep posted or become involved, check out the conference materials and updates on the Closing the Hunger Gap website and Facebook page. The next conference will be held in Tacoma, WA, September 11-13, 2017.
The start of summer 2013 marks the third year in which Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security faculty and staff have gone to the field to hear the voices of people using food pantries in central and northeast Missouri. This large research project will gather data from approximately 1200 food pantry clients in 32 counties through in-depth personal interviews. The data will be used to look at a variety of challenges faced by households. The ultimate goals are to help people lead healthy and productive lives and give policy makers, agency professionals, and service providers information to develop and deliver solutions to deal with hunger and food insecurity.
More information about the research can be found on the Missouri Food Pantry Client Research page of our website.