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A Brief Nutritional Intervention to Improve Dietary Knowledge and Behaviors in US Emergency Food Assistance Recipients

Joan C. Temmerman
Department of Defense, Rock Island Arsenal Health Clinic, Rock Island, Illinois, USA
Abstract--The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether a brief nutritional intervention providing easy, fast, nutritious plant-based recipes, tastings and education would improve nutritional knowledge and encourage preparation of more meatless meals in 100 mobile food pantry clients in America. A controlled pilot study was used to assess changes in nutritional knowledge (healthfulness of plant-based meals) and behaviors (preparing more plant-based meals at home) after a brief educational intervention. Significant differences in knowledge and behavior were seen within the treatment group and between the control and treatment groups over time. A targeted, brief educational intervention using quick, easy meatless recipes and food pantry ingredients to promote more plant-based meals cooked at home can positively affect dietary knowledge and behaviors in mobile food pantry clients.
Index Terms--food security; food pantries; food banks; low-income; plant-based meals

Cite: Joan C. Temmerman, "A Brief Nutritional Intervention to Improve Dietary Knowledge and Behaviors in US Emergency Food Assistance Recipients," International Journal of Food Engineering, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 76-82, March 2018. doi: 10.18178/ijfe.4.1.76-82
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