Healthy Food Retail Initiatives

Nutrition and Health Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Liza Franzen-Castle
Contact Email
Additional Faculty
Vanessa Wielenga, Morgan Hartline
Potential UCARE Research Position?
Start Date
Paid or Volunteer
Hours Per Week

There are many different project opportunities available with Nebraska Extension’s Food, Nutrition and Health faculty, depending on student interest, which are related to healthy food access including food insecurity.

Students would be involved in assisting with and be trained in doing nutrition education events and data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

As final products, students will have the opportunity to present their work at the undergraduate research fair event and participate in conference abstract submissions/presentations. A brief explanation of programming efforts include:

•Community Needs Assessments: An interdisciplinary Nebraska Extension team developed a Health Needs Assessment based on what contributes to healthful communities. The Assessment helps determine programming type needed and how Extension can connect with the community to enhance program success. There is a quantitative survey as well as a qualitative discussion component that makes up this assessment.

•Nebraska Double Up Food Bucks Program: An incentive program intended to increase the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in participating locations. NE Double Up is modeled after the Fair Food Network’s successful Double Up Food Bucks program. The NE Double Up program is provided at retail outlets such as grocery stores, farmers markets, and community supported agriculture (CSA).

•Choose Healthy Here Program: A healthy food retail program, which is modeled after the evidenced-based Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy Missouri program, focuses on four areas of healthy food access. Choose Healthy Here connects public health and community organizations to retailers to promote healthy foods, deliver in-store nutrition education, and increase the purchase of healthy foods by customers and the store.

•Healthy Food Pantry Initiative: In partnership with Extensions at Iowa State, Purdue, and University of Wisconsin, Nebraska Extension SNAP-Ed and Master Gardeners teamed up to provide fresh produce to Nebraskans in need.

Communities can apply for a chance to start, maintain, or connect to a community garden for the purpose of donation to emergency food access sites.

Find Healthy Here is a complimentary program that helps food pantries through promotion, placement, and organization promote the healthy produce.

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