Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Food Insecurity/Food Assistance, Other: Food Safety
Intervention Type: PSE Change
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: Food pantries
Target Audience: Adults, Older Adults, Homeless/Food Pantry Clients
- Assessment of current food pantry operations to identify priority areas where changes can be made to the pantry
- Strategies section for research-informed recommendations and best practices
- Develop Action Plan with instruction, samples, and template included
- Implement strategies using available tools
- Evaluate process
Printed materials can also be ordered online, but they do have a cost.
Pilot testing results demonstrate pantry capacity to self-assess current procurement and distribution practices and develop action plans to improve the nutritional quality and safety of food distributed. Process evaluation shows the recommended team process is key to successful implementation. Pantries have reported that policies helped reduce donation of foods of low nutritional quality. Pantry staff and volunteers report the assistance from educators helped pantry clients’ and volunteers’ accept changes. Program monitoring data reveal that pantries 26 food pantries adopted 41 changes to the food pantry environment to expand access or improve appeal for healthy eating in 2017 and 2018, this number almost tripled with 119 documented changes. Potential reach in 2017 was 530,212 individuals, which included a city-wide donor education campaign in the Green Bay. Potential reach for 2018 was 90,363 individuals and excluded the city-wide education campaign.
Evidence-based Approach: Practice-tested
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Sectors of Influence|
- ST7a: Wisconsin SNAP-Ed educators worked with 26 food pantries on the Safe and Healthy Food Pantries Project in2017 and 47 pantries in 2018.
- MT5a: In 2017, Wisconsin SNAP-Ed educators reported 26 food pantries adopted 41 changes to the food pantry environment to expand access or improve appeal for healthy eating. In 2018, there were 119 documented changes.
- MT5b: In 2017, there were 15 policy changes reported in food pantries including policy changes related to food purchasing and vendor agreements specifying healthier foods. In 2018, 30 changes were made to pantry policies including establishing or improving a nutrition policy for the pantries.
- MT5c: There were 8 system changes reported among participating pantries in 2017 and 28 changes in 2018.
- MT5d: In 2017, there were 8 environmental changes including point-of-selection and distribution prompts and providing standardized recipes. In 2018, there were 61 reported changes including decreased shelf space, amount or variety of unhealthy options and including fresh produce in food pantry offerings.
- MT5f: Potential reach in 2017 was 530,212 individuals, which included a city-wide donor education campaign in the Green Bay. Potential Reach for 2018 was 90,363 individuals and excluded the city-wide education campaign.
- LT8a: During 2017-2018, there were five documented news articles about the Safe and Healthy Food Pantries Project in Wisconsin. The reach for these publications is unknown but the communities they service are of a combined population of 588,291 individuals. The following are links to the news articles: FDL Reporter; Green Bay Press Gazette; Kenosha News; Florence Forest News; Pierce County Herald.