Extension programming can be effective at delivering nutrition education to food pantry clients. This study aimed to understand the perceptions of food pantry personnel towards nutrition education. A mixed methods survey was administered to food pantry personnel (n=53). Most (62.3%) reported their food pantry was church-affiliated, and few (22.6%) reported any Extension collaboration. Qualitative themes included perceptions that nutrition education was resource intensive, clients were not interested in nutrition education, and differing attitudes towards nutrition education. When working with food pantries, Extension should educate personnel about the importance of nutrition education, offer resources, and facilitate programming.
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Allison, C., Sneed, C., McElrone, M., Riggsbee, K., & Burney, J. (2022). Nutrition Education in Food Pantries: Perceptions of Pantry Personnel towards Implementation. The Journal of Extension, 60(4), Article 14. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.60.04.14