Evaluation of Food Bucks Nutrition Incentive and Food Bucks Rx Produce Prescription Programs

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The Food Trust





Organization Overview:

The Food Trust's (TFT) mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. Working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers, we've developed a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food.

Project Name:

Evaluation of Food Bucks Nutrition Incentive and Food Bucks Rx Produce Prescription Programs
Project Type: 
Program Evaluation

Project Overview:

This project will focus on evaluation of TFT’s USDA-funded Food Bucks nutrition incentive program (earned at retail sites through SNAP/food stamp transactions) and Food Bucks Rx produce prescription program (distributed by healthcare partners). These programs aim to help address diet-related health disparities by incentivizing and facilitating increased fresh fruit and vegetable consumption among disadvantaged communities. The project will include development and improvement of associated data management processes in order to maximize the utility of the information being collected, and using that data to evaluate the effects of these programs on fruit and vegetable consumption, retail sales, health outcomes and other metrics. In addition to TFT’s Research and Food Bucks staff, the student will also collaborate with our partners at the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, who lead the national evaluation of GusNIP nutrition incentive programs.

Deliverable(s): A successful project will include a refined data management and evaluation process, a report of any findings and conclusions that can be drawn about the effectiveness of the nutrition incentive and produce prescription programs, and recommendations for improving those programs going forward. It would include analysis of data collected during the school year.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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