The Foundation’s Future of Food initiative began in 2012 as a collaboration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Feeding America and National Dairy Council. The initial work of this collaboration engaged nutrition and hunger relief professionals to increase awareness about food insecurity while promoting access to healthy food and quality nutrition education in food banks. In the summer of 2013, the Academy Foundation Board of Directors voiced their support to expand the scope of the Future of Food initiative. Since then, the initiative, through an educational grant from Elanco, has devoted efforts to increase member awareness about agriculture and advances in agricultural technology to support sustainable food systems and a safe and nutritious food supply for the growing world population.
The new collaboration brings together health professionals including registered dietitians; the agriculture and food production industry; and hunger relief professionals.
Future of Food Resources
In collaboration with Feeding America, the Academy Foundation is performing an evaluation of Feeding America’s Healthy Cities project funded by Morgan Stanley. Healthy Cities is an integrative nutrition and health model with Feeding America food banks serving as the “hub” for providing food distributions, nutrition education, health screenings, and safe places to play in the communities they serve.
Feeding America Healthy Cities Pilot Program Results Webinar
Learn about the three Feeding America food banks and the new community partnerships they formed. Review the assessment process, outcomes, and recommendations for food banks wishing to successfully create similar partnerships.
Feeding America Healthy Cities Phase II Year One Results
In this webinar, the Feeding America Healthy Cities Phase II year one is described and the evaluation results are shared for Feeding America food banks in Houston and Cleveland.
- View slides from the Healthy Cities Phase II Year 1 webinar
- Read the report for Healthy Cities Phase II Year 1
Feeding America Healthy Cities Phase II Year Two and Phase III Year One Results
For the 2016-2017 school year, the Healthy Cities program expanded to a third phase in New Orleans, while finishing up the second year of Phase II in Houston and Cleveland.
This report highlights where wasted food can potentially occur throughout the food supply chain, the environmental and economic impact of wasted food, and opportunity areas for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to help reduce wasted food within a total infrastructure that has both a business and consumer facing perspective.
The Developing and Assessing Nutrition Education Handouts (DANEH) checklist was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation as part of the Future of Food initiative. The purpose of the DANEH checklist is twofold:
- To screen existing nutrition education handouts in order to establish the inclusion/exclusion of important quality components
- as a tool to use in developing quality nutrition education handouts. The checklist incorporates 21 constructs identified as quality indicators to be included in nutrition education handouts, based on a literature review.
The constructs are categorized into five main topic areas:
- behavior focus
- cultural sensitivity
- written word
In February 2016, the General Mills Foundation awarded the Academy Foundation a Hunger Free Communities planning grant. The planning grant is being used to develop a food security and nutrition assessment tool and process to assist a community through a decision making process for selecting interventions that meet community needs and capacity.
To complete the project, the Academy Foundation awarded a one-year Hunger Free Communities Research Fellowship to Elizabeth Yakes-Jimenez, PhD, RDN. Outputs of the project include a facilitator guide and set of tools, including:
- A community food and nutrition security assessment based on existing data
- A list of interventions to consider
- An intervention scoring sheet
Validity of the assessment tool is underway with food and nutrition security experts in the U.S. and in several other countries. A proposal has been submitted to pilot the assessment tool and decision process in a few communities in the U.S. and in an international setting.