Assessing Community Needs
Nutrition education can be considered a tool, event or intervention delivered to one person (individual) or multiple people at once (community). As advocates working directly with food-insecure communities and food banks to implement nutrition education, an important first step is to conduct a community needs assessment in order to learn about diet-related needs of the population being served. This activity will help to identify a few key factors including:
a) who can benefit from nutrition education,
b) community values and culture which influence attitudes and knowledge,
c) appropriate level and type of service/strategy to pursue in different settings, and
d) potential partners who can support nutrition education efforts.
After completing a needs assessment and implementing nutrition education, further evaluation is important for program managers and volunteers to learn if their tool, event or intervention is effective