A new report by the Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) includes the perspectives of at least 260 Michigan food pantries. The vast majority are faith-based.
The report, on emergency food distribution, gardening, and nutrition education, is a preliminary study of opportunities and barriers to improving the diets, health and wellbeing of emergency food recipients at Michigan’s 3,100 pantries – over 80% of them operated by faith-based organizations. The study was commissioned by MFF and conducted by Barna Research of Ventura, CA.
“We appreciate all who responded to the survey and hope that the report will be a helpful asset to partner organizations both within and outside of the SNAP-Ed program,” said Justin Fast, MFF Social Initiatives Specialist. “The report adds additional options to organizations’ existing toolkit for promoting healthy food choices. It goes beyond needs assessment to identify additional practices pantry administrators wish to adopt and why.”
Report recommendations for organizations working in the public health, sustainable food systems, faith, and hunger relief communities will also inform MFF programming and project collaboration.