The “School Pantry: Mystery Food Box Cook-Off” is a program designed to increase awareness of food insecurity among youth and teach strategies to prepare healthy foods on a budget. A pre-and-post survey showed a statistically significant difference in participants’ overall knowledge, skills, and confidence level after the program compared to before the program. Findings revealed a hands-on nutrition education strategy via cook-off could educate youth on food insecurity and increase their knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals at home. Other Extension educators seeking to address food insecurity and food preparation skills among youth can replicate this program.
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Lee, S., Manker, G., Ghimire, N., Foist, L., & Buck, J. (2021). School Pantry Cook-Off: An Approach to Educate Youth on Food Insecurity. The Journal of Extension, 59(4), Article 9. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.59.04.09