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Vitamins A and C, calcium, fruit, and dairy products are limited in food pantries.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15127070     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Food pantries serve over 19 million Americans, yet little is known about the nutritional quality of foods distributed in pantry bags. Foods in bags from 133 clients from 19 pantry sites were itemized, and a mean site value for nutrient and food group content was calculated. If an individual consumed the pantry foods according to the Food Guide Pyramid, the bag would contain sufficient bread group foods to last approximately 7 days; vegetable and meat/protein group foods would last about 5 days, and fruit and milk group foods would last only approximately 3 days. Foods distributed were of adequate or high nutrient density for protein, fiber, iron, and folate, but were of low nutrient density for calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Creative efforts are needed for pantries to procure, store, and distribute additional fruit, dairy products, and other sources of vitamins A and C and calcium.
Ucheoma O Akobundu; Nancy L Cohen; Mary J Laus; Marsha J Schulte; Margaret N Soussloff
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  104     ISSN:  0002-8223     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  2004 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-05-05     Completed Date:  2004-06-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  811-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Nutrition, University of Massachusetts, 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA 01003-9282, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Ascorbic Acid / administration & dosage*
Calcium, Dietary / administration & dosage*
Consumer Satisfaction
Dairy Products*
Food / standards*
Food Services / standards*
Middle Aged
Nutrition Policy
Nutrition Surveys
Nutritive Value
Public Assistance / standards
Vitamin A / administration & dosage*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Calcium, Dietary; 11103-57-4/Vitamin A; 50-81-7/Ascorbic Acid

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