An evaluation of SecondBite®'s FoodMate®, a nutrition education and skill-building program aimed at reducing food insecurity

Stephens, Lena D., Smith, Geoff, Olstad, Dana Lee and Ball, Kylie 2019, An evaluation of SecondBite®'s FoodMate®, a nutrition education and skill-building program aimed at reducing food insecurity, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.1002/hpja.298.

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Title An evaluation of SecondBite®'s FoodMate®, a nutrition education and skill-building program aimed at reducing food insecurity
Author(s) Stephens, Lena D.
Smith, Geoff
Olstad, Dana Lee
Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie orcid.org/0000-0003-2893-8415
Journal name Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2019
ISSN 1036-1073
2201-1617
Keyword(s) nutrition
program evaluation
socially disadvantaged
Summary © 2019 Australian Health Promotion Association Issue addressed: Enhancing food skills and nutrition knowledge may help promote healthy eating among people who are food insecure. FoodMate® by SecondBite®, an 8-week nutrition education and food hamper program, focuses on developing food skills and independence among Australians at risk of/experiencing food insecurity. This study aimed to explore participants' perceptions of and experiences with FoodMate® over a long-term (up to 2 years) follow-up. Methods: For evaluation purposes, SecondBite® previously collected data from participants prior to (T1) and following completion (T2) of FoodMate®. This paper reports results from semi-structured telephone interviews conducted in a follow-up study (2016/2017, T3) among 19 adults enrolled in FoodMate® programs delivered in Victoria and New South Wales within the previous two years. Data were analysed using inductive thematic analysis of responses to T3 open-ended questions, and descriptive analysis of closed-ended question responses (T1 vs T2 vs T3). Results: Major qualitative themes included program enjoyment; perceived positive long-term program impact on participants' eating and related attitudes and skills; barriers to cooking; suggested program modifications; and impact on others. In descriptive quantitative analyses, participants' diet; confidence to cook using basic ingredients, follow simple recipes and try new foods; cooking and food-related skills; social engagement and life satisfaction all improved between T1 and T3. Conclusions: Overall, FoodMate® was well-received and associated with long-term positive changes in a range of outcomes. Wider implementation among vulnerable groups should be considered. So what?: Future health promotion initiatives could adopt FoodMate® to increase food skills and knowledge among adults experiencing food insecurity.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1002/hpja.298
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Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30130603

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