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.