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Integrative Nutrition and Health Models Targeting Low-Income Populations: A Pilot Intervention in Three Food Banks

      In 2012, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) introduced their Future of Food Initiative. This initiative aims to address domestic and global food and nutrition security, as well as consumers’ interest in a safe and healthy food supply, through education, communication, and research. This initiative has provided the Academy with opportunities for collaboration with other organizations concerned about food security, including Feeding America (FA), a leading domestic hunger relief organization supporting a network of over 200 food banks, annually serving 46.5 million people facing food insecurity.

      Feeding America. Hunger in America 2014 National Report. http://help.feedingamerica.org/HungerInAmerica/hunger-in-america-2014-full-report.pdf. Accessed January 7, 2016.

      Individuals and families facing food insecurity lack access to sufficient amounts of nutrient-rich foods.

      Feeding America. Hunger in America 2014 National Report. http://help.feedingamerica.org/HungerInAmerica/hunger-in-america-2014-full-report.pdf. Accessed January 7, 2016.

      Food banks serve as valuable resources to lessen hunger in communities facing food insecurity.

      Feeding America. Hunger in America 2014 National Report. http://help.feedingamerica.org/HungerInAmerica/hunger-in-america-2014-full-report.pdf. Accessed January 7, 2016.

      Food Research & Action Center. Why low-income and food insecure people are vulnerable to overweight and obesity. http://frac.org/initiatives/hunger-and-obesity/why-are-low-income-and-food-insecure-people-vulnerable-to-obesity/. Accessed January 7, 2016.

      Food bank clients also often lack access to health-promoting resources such as health screenings and other medical services. According to a comprehensive hunger report published by FA, nearly half (47%) of food bank clients report that they are in fair or poor health, and 31% report having to choose between paying for food and medical expenses each month.

      Feeding America. Hunger in America 2014 National Report. http://help.feedingamerica.org/HungerInAmerica/hunger-in-america-2014-full-report.pdf. Accessed January 7, 2016.

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      Biography

      A. Knoblock-Hahn is a project specialist, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Chicago, IL.

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      A. Murphy is a consultant, Healthy Kids Evaluation Services, Harrietta, MI.

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      K. Brown is chief global nutrition strategy officer, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Chicago, IL.

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      L. Medrow is a project specialist consultant, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Kansas City, KS.