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Health Affairs Article: A Pilot Food Bank Intervention Featuring Diabetes-Appropriate Food

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To determine whether healthy food could help low-income people better control their diabetes, a pilot study by UC San Francisco and Feeding America tracked nearly 700 people at food banks in California, Texas and Ohio over two years.

The result: better diabetes control and medication adherence and an overall improvement in the consumption of healthy food.

This research, funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, is the first formal evaluation of a diabetes intervention for food insecure people involving the actual provision of food. The observational pilot study is now being followed by a more extensive research trial at food banks in Oakland, Detroit and Houston by UCSF and Feeding America. This paper, published in the November 2015 issue of Health Affairs, will be available for public viewing through November 2016.  Share today!

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8 responses to “Health Affairs Article: A Pilot Food Bank Intervention Featuring Diabetes-Appropriate Food”

  1. I am interested in seeing the surveys they used pre and post trial. I would also like to know more details on how much food was provided and how often. We are partnering with a satellite free clinic who is housed at a pantry, and having nutrition/diabetes education provided through Virginia Cooperative Extension. We are focusing mainly on produce but are not sure how much produce to provide the clients.
    Thanks!

    • Wonderful questions, Kristi. Our staff who led the diabetes study are connecting with you via email. Thank you for your engagement on HungerandHealth.org.

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    I would also be interested in survey, research materials. I am starting a similar initiative here in West Virginia for patients with diabetes and ESRD. Through a partnership of the local food bank, the Americorps and Marshall University, we hope to put together grocery box program geared toward their particular needs.

    • Thank you for sharing about your work in West Virginia. I will email you directly and put you in contact with a Feeding America colleague who can provide more resources.

  3. I would also like to receive information regarding your survey if possible. I am working with students at UW med in Seattle to put together a comprehensive review with the aim to inform how we are to use food banks to meet Washington food insecurity needs. In particular, I am looking for information regarding health outcomes. Any help would be appreciated.

    • I’m glad you’ve found the site and post informative. Feel free to sign up for the Quarterly Digest to stay in the loop on updates.

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