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Snelling A.,American University of Washington | Maroto M.,Laurel University | Jacknowitz A.,American University of Washington | Waxman E.,Feeding America
Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition | Year: 2014

The objective of this qualitative study was to identify what school and food bank personnel report as key factors for a successful school-based food pantry program.In-depth interviews were conducted with food bank employees and school pantry personnel to gain an understanding of school food pantry operations. School pantry success was fostered by healthy relationships between schools and food banks, program marketing, convenience, supportive school staff, and adequate operating budgets. School pantries are perceived as a key component in reducing childhood hunger. An understanding of these programs is important for researchers and practitioners concerned about hunger and academic success. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Fiese B.H.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign | Koester B.D.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign | Waxman E.,Feeding America
Journal of Family and Economic Issues | Year: 2014

In 2009, over 33 million different people used food pantries to supplement their basic food needs. Food pantries are increasingly called upon to provide non-food items. What is unknown is how going without basic household products affects families. This exploratory study aimed to identify personal household products food pantry clients are most likely to find essential for basic living, the consequences for going without, and strategies to procure basic products. Twenty-five food pantry clients were interviewed. Three classes of products were identified: survival, keep the household together, and “make do” products. Consequences of going without basic products include stress, personal degradation, and engaging in illegal activities. Program recommendations include distribution planning and incorporating an awareness of different family coping strategies. © 2013, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Feeding America | Date: 2011-02-08

Publications, namely, printed reports featuring information on hunger and hunger awareness. Demographic consultation and studies.

Newsome R.,Institute of Technologists | Balestrini C.G.,Grocery Manufacturers Assn | Baum M.D.,Feeding America | Corby J.,Assn. of Food and Drug Officials | And 6 more authors.
Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety | Year: 2014

Open dating of food products has been practiced for decades, and has been key to achieving stock rotation at retail and providing information to consumers. The open date provides a simple communication tool, which may be based on product quality and/or food safety as determined by the manufacturer or retailer. Date marking is generally open but it can be closed (code intended for managing product at retail, and for recall and traceability), and the terminology and applications vary widely around the world. The variation in date labeling terms and uses contributes to substantial misunderstanding by industry and consumers and leads to significant unnecessary food loss and waste, misapplication of limited resources, unnecessary financial burden for the consumer and the food industry, and may also lead to potential food safety risk in regards to perishable foods. A "use by" or similar date cannot be relied on to indicate or guarantee food safety because absolute temperature control of food products throughout the food supply chain cannot be assured. This paper provides an introduction to the issue of food product date labeling and addresses its history in the United States, different terms used and various practices, U.S. and international frameworks, quality compared with safety, adverse impacts of misconceptions about date labeling, and advantages of technological innovations. Collaboration to develop a simple workable solution to address the challenges faced by stakeholders would have tremendous benefit. Conclusions include a call to action to move toward uniformity in date labeling, thereby decreasing confusion among stakeholders and reducing food waste. © 2014 Institute of Food Technologists®.

Ippolito M.M.,Johns Hopkins University | Lyles C.R.,San Francisco General Hospital | Prendergast K.,Feeding America | Marshall M.B.,Feeding America | And 2 more authors.
Public Health Nutrition | Year: 2016

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). Sampled adults were stratified as food secure, low food secure or very low food secure. We used point-of-care glycated Hb (HbA1c) testing to determine glycaemic control and captured diabetes self-management using validated survey items. Results: The sample was 70 % female, 55 % Latino/Hispanic, 25 % white and 10 % black/African American, with a mean age of 56 years. Eighty-four per cent were food insecure, one-half of whom had very low food security. Mean HbA1c was 8·1 % and did not vary significantly by food security status. In adjusted models, very-low-food-secure participants, compared with both low-food-secure and food-secure participants, had poorer diabetes self-efficacy, greater diabetes distress, greater medication non-adherence, higher prevalence of severe hypoglycaemic episodes, higher prevalence of depressive symptoms, more medication affordability challenges, and more food and medicine or health supply trade-offs. Conclusions: Few studies of the health impact of food security have been able to examine very low food security. In a food pantry sample with high rates of food insecurity, we found that diabetes self-management becomes increasingly difficult as food security worsens. The efficacy of interventions to improve diabetes self-management may increase if food security is simultaneously addressed. Copyright © The Authors 2016

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