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Nutritional quality and price of university food bank hampers.
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PMID:  16759439     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Food insecurity appears to be a growing problem for post-secondary students, but little study has been made of the 51 campus-based food banks that exist. In 2003-04, the University of Alberta Campus Food Bank (CFB) distributed hampers intended to supply four days of food to 630 unique clients, of whom 207 (32.8%) were children. The nutritional adequacy of food hampers and cost saving to students were evaluated in the current study. METHODS: Hampers prepared for one adult, and for one adult with one child, were nutritionally evaluated and scored for number of servings according to Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating. Two types of hampers were evaluated: those containing only non-perishable items, and those containing non-perishable and perishable items. Hamper contents were priced to establish the cost saving to students. RESULTS: The study revealed that a student with one child would receive up to 58.02 Canadian dollars worth of food in a hamper that contained perishable items. All hampers met the recommended minimum servings for each food group, but were very low in fat and protein from animal sources. CONCLUSIONS: Because students can obtain hampers only twice each month, the CFB is not the solution to food insecurity on campus. Awareness of the issue of post-secondary student food insecurity needs to be raised.
Noreen D Willows; Vivian Au
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of dietetic practice and research : a publication of Dietitians of Canada = Revue canadienne de la pratique et de la recherche en diététique : une publication des Diététistes du Canada     Volume:  67     ISSN:  1486-3847     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Diet Pract Res     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-08     Completed Date:  2006-07-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9811151     Medline TA:  Can J Diet Pract Res     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  104-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Alberta.
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MeSH Terms
Diet / standards*
Food Supply* / standards
Nutritive Value
Public Assistance / standards*
Students / statistics & numerical data*

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