OMAHA, NE / ACCESSWIRE / June 17, 2021 / The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, a nonprofit, unbiased analysis heart, has launched a report outlining the outcomes from the primary yr of the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP). The program helps vitamin incentive and produce prescription initiatives nationwide to lower meals insecurity, improve the acquisition and consumption of vegetables and fruit, enhance well being outcomes and reduce related well being care use and prices.
Program analysis outcomes and the report had been compiled by the Nutrition Incentive Program Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation and Information Center (GusNIP NTAE Center), led by the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition.
In 2019, the inaugural yr of GusNIP funding, 22 initiatives throughout 19 states, together with two on tribal land, had been funded. Funding went to 13 vitamin incentive initiatives and 9 produce prescription initiatives that goal to extend fruit and vegetable purchases and consumption to positively impression the well being standing of taking part households. The grants ranged from one-year pilot initiatives of as much as $100,000 to multi-year, large-scale initiatives of greater than $500,000.
The report findings, from Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020, detailed the assist supplied to GusNIP-funded initiatives and the ensuing impacts. Key findings included:
The whole financial impression of the 2019 GusNIP initiatives is estimated to quantity to greater than $7.9 million, nearly double that of the variety of incentives issued. In addition to their native financial impression, these packages usually obtain bipartisan assist for his or her capacity to assist low-income customers improve the acquisition of vegetables and fruit, whereas additionally supporting farmers and producers.
68.5% of GusNIP funds had been used straight for incentives, and almost 90% of incentives issued had been redeemed. Exacerbated by the pandemic, at a time when wholesome, inexpensive meals is required extra urgently than ever, these packages not solely work to alleviate meals insecurity, but additionally enhance vitamin safety.
GusNIP grantees and their companions raced to fulfill the pandemic-induced surges in demand for inexpensive, wholesome meals. The pandemic overwhelmed many grocery and farm-direct retailers with elevated demand, whereas concurrently impacting the livelihood of farmers and operations of farmers markets. In response to this financial and well being disaster, grantees labored to make sure their incentive initiatives may assist meet the surging wants of their communities.
“It’s unbelievable to witness the resilience of the GusNIP-funded organizations, and the way laborious they labored to adapt and produce extra vegetables and fruit to individuals throughout a time that the necessity was better than ever,” mentioned GusNIP NTAE Center Project Director and Gretchen Swanson Center Executive Director Dr. Amy Yaroch.
The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition partnered with Fair Food Network, a nationwide nonprofit with a mission to develop group well being and wealth by way of meals, to create the Nutrition Incentive Hub. The Nutrition Incentive Hub is a coalition of companions devoted to constructing the capability of grantees and potential grantees by way of technical help and innovation.
“Our Nutrition Incentive Hub companions are excellent. Together, we offered 600 hours of technical help to 190 practitioners,” mentioned Project Lead of Technical Assistance on the GusNIP NTAE Center’s Nutrition Incentive Hub and Fair Food Network Senior Director of Programs Holly Parker. “The experience within the areas of program analysis, outcomes-based reporting, farm-direct and grocery retail, point-of-sale know-how, native sourcing, vitamin schooling and extra helps grantees to hit the bottom working and effectively obtain program targets.”
GusNIP is funded by way of the 2018 Farm Bill with grants allotted to organizations by way of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
“Good well being is usually decided by the meals on our plates,” mentioned NIFA Director Dr. Carrie Castille. “By bringing collectively stakeholders from throughout meals and healthcare techniques, GusNIP grants assist us enhance and promote better understanding of this important connection and to steer us to raised well being and vitamin for these we serve.”
“GusNIP holds promise for rising meals safety alongside fruit and vegetable consumption to enhance well being outcomes of individuals throughout the nation. We sit up for working with our grantees and selling their progress on an upward trajectory of outcomes and impression within the subsequent yr,” mentioned NTAE Center Associate Project Director for Reporting and Evaluation and Gretchen Swanson Center Principal Research Scientist Dr. Carmen Byker Shanks.
For the complete report and an inventory of 2019-2020 grantees, go to https://www.nutritionincentivehub.org/s/GusNIP-NTAE-Impact-Findings_Year-1.pdf
About the Nutrition Incentive Program Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation and Information Center (GusNIP NTAE Center) and Nutrition Incentive Hub
The GusNIP NTAE Center is led by the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, a nonprofit analysis group with experience within the measurement and analysis of nutrition-related packages. In partnership with Fair Food Network, they assembled the Nutrition Incentive Hub, a coalition of companions that helps vitamin incentive and produce prescription initiatives. Partners embody practitioners, grocery and farmers market specialists, researchers and evaluators from throughout the nation devoted to strengthening and uniting the very best considering within the discipline to extend entry to inexpensive, wholesome meals to those that want it most.
The GusNIP NTAE Center is funded by way of a cooperative settlement and is supported by Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program grant no. 2019-70030-30415/venture accession no. 1020863 from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For extra details about the Nutrition Incentive Hub, please go to www.nutritionincentivehub.org.
Amy M. Koné
Associate Project Director for Partnerships,
Technology, and Communication
GusNIP NTAE Center
SOURCE: Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition