Proposal Title

SESSION 1.3: The Good Food Box Program: An Evaluation of Nutritional Sustainability in Nanaimo, BC

Presentation Type

Individual paper

Location

IB 1015

Start Date

3-5-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

3-5-2019 10:30 AM

Disciplines

Food Security | Food Studies | Organization Development | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work

Abstract

Our research examines how Nanaimo Foodshare’s Good Food Box program enhances nutrition, access to nutritious food, and the social well-being of the food insecure demographic. Research shows that improving access to nutritious food supports the physical and psychological well-being of individuals and their families while also creating positive community connections. Valued at seventeen dollars, the Good Food Box program offers a monthly box of fruits and vegetables to members of the community for ten dollars per month, which aids food insecure individuals in stretching their income and receiving healthy food on a monthly basis. Through our study, we conducted a nutritional assessment of the Good Food Box based on its contents, portions, and frequency of intake. Surveys and interviews with Food Box users and a dietician provided insight into how well the Good Food Box program is reaching individuals in need of the service. Our research suggests there is a need to understand the cultural diversity of the community in order to move beyond nutrition and support social well-being.

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SESSION 1.3: The Good Food Box Program: An Evaluation of Nutritional Sustainability in Nanaimo, BC

IB 1015

Our research examines how Nanaimo Foodshare’s Good Food Box program enhances nutrition, access to nutritious food, and the social well-being of the food insecure demographic. Research shows that improving access to nutritious food supports the physical and psychological well-being of individuals and their families while also creating positive community connections. Valued at seventeen dollars, the Good Food Box program offers a monthly box of fruits and vegetables to members of the community for ten dollars per month, which aids food insecure individuals in stretching their income and receiving healthy food on a monthly basis. Through our study, we conducted a nutritional assessment of the Good Food Box based on its contents, portions, and frequency of intake. Surveys and interviews with Food Box users and a dietician provided insight into how well the Good Food Box program is reaching individuals in need of the service. Our research suggests there is a need to understand the cultural diversity of the community in order to move beyond nutrition and support social well-being.