Title

BackPack: A program for improving children’s readiness to learn and family food security

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Subject Area

ARRAY(0x555981895c18)

Abstract

An increasing gap has been seen between the government food assistance programs and those who need help. One program filling the gap is Feeding America’s BackPack Program that provides nutritious food to children to eat on the weekends when they may not have access to adequate food. This project evaluated the impact of the BackPack Program on food security, readiness to learn, and behavioral and mental health of a group of children using a mixed methods approach. Results showed improved food security and increased readiness to learn among participants. The BackPack Program may be an effective means for meeting gaps in food assistance for children and their parents.

Publication Title

Topics in Clinical Nutrition

Volume

33

Issue

1

First Page

16

Last Page

22

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1097/TIN.0000000000000122

ISSN

08835691

E-ISSN

15505146

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