The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition is pleased to announce our inaugural grant program, Rooted in Evidence. Established in 2019, this program will fund eligible food banks working to support innovative and dynamic programming to improve the health and dietary quality of emergency food recipients. In this first year, a total of $100,000 will be awarded, likely in the form of five grants. In addition, selected grantees will receive an evaluation designed and facilitated by Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition in collaboration with grantee staff and volunteers, an added benefit worth approximately $25,000 per grant.
Unlike any other grant program, Rooted in Evidence is intended to provide visibility and measurable impact of programs that create lasting change within the food insecurity landscape. By providing food banks with the tools necessary to measure impact of their programs while simultaneously building capacity for measurement and evaluation, programs will be enhanced in order to maximize time, talent and resources to better benefit the communities served.
Funding for this program is provided by the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition Foundation.
The Food Insecurity Landscape
Food insecurity is complicated.
It is the result of the convergence of a wide spectrum of socioeconomic and other factors. There continues to be a great need to research the upstream influences that cause food insecurity as well as innovative solutions to address this public health concern.
With nearly one in eight Americans classified as food insecure, most of us know someone who is struggling to put food on the table.
It overlaps with obesity and chronic disease.
Poor access to healthy foods leads to poor dietary quality, and that leads to the comorbidity of chronic diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and various forms of cancer.
It creates negative outcomes.
Food insecurity and poor dietary quality lead to cognition, learning and growth issues for children, as well as increased risk for chronic diseases among adults. In addition, households that struggle with food insecurity often have to make tradeoffs with other basic needs such as medical care, utilities or housing.
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