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
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
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
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