Addressing Childhood Hunger during the Summer Months: Using Gleaned Produce for Snacks and Interactive Nutrition Education on Food Systems and Healthy Eating

Kendra Oo, Tammy Stephenson, Amanda Hege, Dawn Brewer, Luisyana Gamboa, Leslie Hildesheim, Lauren Serra, Jessica Houlihan, Annie Koempel

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Abstract

In the United States, 6.5 million children experience food insecurity. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the Building Blocks for Healthy Kids summer nutrition education program for low-income children. Twenty-six children ages 6–11 years participated in the six-lesson program that included snacks incorporating gleaned produce. Plate waste data indicated 55-80% of the served snack was consumed. Knowledge related to nutrition and food systems increased between pre- and post-intervention (p < .0001). At post-intervention, children reported practicing more mindful and sustainable eating practices. Overall, the program increased knowledge and improved food-related behaviors in low-income children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-539
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported, in part, by an undergraduate research fellowship from the University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research. Thank you to the student volunteers with CKUK and community volunteers with GleanKY for their efforts in recovering, processing, and preparing gleaned fruits and vegetables. As well, thank you to the Common Good Corporation for their support of this project, the Embrace Methodist Church for providing a location to offer the programming, and the children for participating.

Funding Information:
This work was supported, in part, by an undergraduate research fellowship from the University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research. Thank you to the student volunteers with CKUK and community volunteers with GleanKY for their efforts in recovering, processing, and preparing gleaned fruits and vegetables. As well, thank you to the Common Good Corporation for their support of this project, the Embrace Methodist Church for providing a location to offer the programming, and the children for participating.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

  • Food insecurity
  • children
  • food system
  • fruit and vegetable intake
  • gleaning
  • nutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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