We investigated effects of nutrition education provided to food pantry clients by trained volunteers. Specifically, we assessed effects on food security, nutrition practices, and food safety by examining the food pantry clients' intent to use beneficial kitchen practices and self-reported behavior following the education. Participants who engaged in at least one educational lesson completed an intent survey after the education. After the 4-month period during which the lessons were provided, participants and members of a comparison group completed retrospective questionnaires. Participants reported both high intent to use resources and behavior change (p ≤ .05). Offering nutrition education in food pantries is useful for participants and constitutes worthwhile Extension programming.
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Rublee, M., Yerxa, K., White, A., Bolton, J., & Savoie, K. (2019). Providing Nutrition Education at a Food Pantry Affects Food-Related Behavior of Participants. The Journal of Extension, 57(2), Article 10. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss2/10