Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series

The University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is hosting a series of lectures on Sustainable Food Systems.  These events contain topics related to sustainability and the role of agriculture plays in the foods that we consume everyday.

The first lecture featured how Caroline Co schools are working to bring the farm to the school cafeteria.

All lectures can be viewed online via WebEx.  To register for upcoming lectures, visit: https://agnr.umd.edu/sustainable-food-systems-lecture-series

 

Webinar: Supermarket Science: Multipronged Approaches to Increasing Fresh, Frozen, and Canned Fruit and Vegetable Purchases

Thank you for joining us for the webinar.    Listen to the recording from the webinar and download the powerpoint.

There is also a published article about the study that can be accessed.

 

Webinar Description:

This research examined the effects of a double dollar fruit and vegetable financial incentive on purchases at a community supermarket among shoppers from low-income households who had at least one child. Participation in an in-store Cooking Matters event was requested for those who received incentive but optional for their non-incentivized controls. The sample included Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants. Compared to the controls, incentivized shoppers—who were given an immediate 50 percent discount on qualifying fruit and vegetables—increased weekly spending on those items by 27 percent overall; this change was for fresh produce. There was no change in purchases of frozen and canned produce or unhealthful foods. Estimated annual average daily consumption of fruit and vegetables by the incentivized shoppers and by one designated child per incentivized household did not change. Attendance at Cooking Matters events was low. These findings support continued funding for financial incentive programs as a way to increase fruit and vegetable purchasing among low-income households with children but suggest that effective complementary approaches are needed to improve total diet quality. 

 

 

 

 

Aligning and Elevating University-Based Low-Income Nutrition Education

Aligning and Elevating University-Based Low-Income Nutrition Education through the Land-Grant University Cooperative Extension System report was prepared as part of a project funded by NIFA’s Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition in response to the request of two former ECOP Chairs, Douglas Steele and Daryl Buccholz, to facilitate increased visibility and improved alignment of EFNEP and SNAP-Ed through the Land-Grant University Cooperative Extension System.  Recent developments in these programs make this report very timely.  Recommendations are given for universities, the land-grant university system, and federal/national partners. The report may be found at  http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/food/efnep/pdf/align_elevate_report.pdf.

A short 30 minute webinar was presented this past June to assist in how to use the report.  It is a broad perspective of the report’s recommendations and findings. The recording may be accessed at http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/p422zqdj4jf/.