Voices for Food: Food Policy Councils, Food Security and Healthy Food Choices (VFF)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03566095|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 21, 2018
Last Update Posted : June 21, 2018
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Food Security Nutritive Value||Behavioral: Coaching and Voices for Food Kit Behavioral: Voices for Food Kit||Not Applicable|
Community coaching is a a strategy that helps community leaders plan for and overcome challenges to community development. Interventions at the community level are most effective when they are conceived and led by locals. Community coaches can aid the local community in the development of FPCs in rural communities. FPCs have the potential to improve the nutritional quality of available food, and connect a diverse network of food system stakeholders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, which includes local food pantries. Food pantry users are food insecure and avoid hunger by consuming low cost and shelf stable food items. Guided client choice is a system of distribution that can be employed in food pantries and supported by FPCs. Guided client-choice is a model of distribution in which pantry clients choose the foods they would like from the pantry based upon family size and is formatted based upon USDA MyPlate. Guided client choice has been shown to meet the needs of the pantry client base better than the traditional model of distribution often found in food pantries. Food pantries have the opportunity to meet the nutritional needs of the food insecure population.
Voices for Food is a multi-leveled socio-ecological, longitudinal, matched treatment and comparison study to develop food policy councils (FPCs), and improve food security and diet quality in rural communities. Voices for Food was conducted in 24 rural, high poverty counties in South Dakota, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio. Counties were assigned to a treatment (n=12) or comparison (n=12) group.
Intervention activities focus on three key components that impact food security: 1) community coaching by Extension Educators/field staff, 2) FPC development, and 3) development of a MyChoice (guided client choice) food pantry. Community coaching, along with the Voices for Food kit was only provided to treatment counties. Comparison communities only received the Voices for Food kit. Evaluation components focus on three levels of the intervention: 1) Community (FPCs), 2) Food Pantry Organization and Food Environment, and 3) Pantry Client & Families. Participants in this study were community stakeholders, food pantry directors, staff/volunteers and food pantry clients. Pantry food access/availability including pantry food quality and quantity, household food security and pantry client dietary intake are dependent variables.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||1735 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Intervention Model Description:||All data were collected from both treatment an comparison communities at the same time points.|
|Masking Description:||Participants were not aware of their status as a treatment or comparison community.|
|Official Title:||Voices for Food: Utilizing Food Policy Councils to Bridge the Gap Between Food Security and Healthy Food Choices|
|Actual Study Start Date :||August 1, 2014|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||March 15, 2018|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||March 15, 2018|
Active Comparator: Coaching and Voices for Food Kit
The treatment communities received community coaching from an Extension Professional or Educator in the use of the Voices for Food kit.
Behavioral: Coaching and Voices for Food Kit
Community Coaching and Voices for Food Kit
Sham Comparator: Voices for Food Kit
The comparison community received the Voices for Food kit.
Behavioral: Voices for Food Kit
Voices for Food Kit
- The United States Household Food Security Survey Module [ Time Frame: 4 years ]Change in food security of food pantry clients. Individuals will be classified as very low food secure, low food secure, marginal food secure and high food secure.
- Healthy Eating Index (HEI) Score [ Time Frame: 4 years ]Change in diet quality of food pantry clients. The Automated Self-Administered 24-hour (ASA24®) Dietary Assessment Too allows for calculation of the Healthy Eating Index score, which is a measure of diet quality.
- Food Policy Council Implementation Form [ Time Frame: 4 years ]The Food Policy Council Implementation Form is a study developed assessment tool that assesses the degree of food policy council implementation. The Food Council Implementation Form documents changes occurring within the Food Policy Council.
- Food Pantry MyChoice Observation Tool [ Time Frame: 4 years ]The Food Pantry MyChoice Observation Tool is a study developed assessment tool that assesses the degree of MyChoice (guided client choice) implementation. The tool documents the extent to which key components of the MyChoice food pantry model are physically in place at the pantry and part of the food, food display, and distribution process.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03566095
|Principal Investigator:||Suzanne Stluka, PhD, RD, LN||South Dakota State University|
|Principal Investigator:||Heather Eicher- Miller, PhD||Purdue University|
|Principal Investigator:||Rebecca Henne, MS||Michigan State University|
|Principal Investigator:||Donna Mehrle, MPH, RD, LD||University of Missouri-Columbia|
|Principal Investigator:||Lisa Franzen-Castle, PhD||University of Nebraska Lincoln|
|Principal Investigator:||Dan Remley, PhD||Ohio State University|