The “Produce Toolbox” program was piloted by California Association of Food Banks in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to assess the effectiveness of short and focused nutrition education lessons with food bank clients standing in food distribution lines. The interactive MyPlate-based nutrition lessons and tastings focused on increasing nutrition knowledge and consumption of fresh, food-bank-provided fruits and vegetables. The evaluation study of the program, conducted by Perales & Associates Evaluation Services in partnership with the Network for a Healthy California, shows that a well-designed nutrition education intervention, conducted within the time restraints of a food distribution line, can still have an impact on nutrition message knowledge and consumption-related behaviors.
Download the full report here: Assessing the Impact of Nutrition Education at Produce Distributions
The nutrition education lessons and their accompanying materials can be found below:
Lesson 1: Introduction to MyPlate
Lesson 2: Broccoli
Lesson 3: Fruits and Vegetables