The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Promoting food security among low-income persons living in Franklin County

Date Funded: 
Jul 1, 2018
Funding Organization: 
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Cheryl L. Dukes, director of healthcare outreach and community engagement in the College of Nursing, will serve as a consultant on this project to promote food security among low-income persons living in Franklin County by better understanding and addressing needs around nutrition and health. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Jin Kim-Mozeleski, assistant professor of health promotion and policy, who was awarded a Public Service Endowment Grant. The team will work with Community Action Pioneer Valley to conduct a community-engaged, participatory research project in a food pantry setting, to generate knowledge that can be readily applied towards promoting food security in this rural, largely underserved community. They also seek to lay the foundation for creating a community/peer advisory board of food pantry clients who will continue to be invested in solving community-identified issues, thereby sustaining the work of this seed funding.