Date of this Version
Lim, S. (2023). Food and Nutrition Education: A Method to Help Combat Growing Food Insecurity. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Food insecurity is an escalating issue often overlooked and stigmatized in the United States, affecting about 1 in 10 households. This issue is a threat that can increase stress and anxiety, which is believed to further negatively impact academic and daily performance. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln community is no exception. To combat local food insecurity, the Husker Pantry has served almost a third of the Husker community, aiming to assist by offering food items, school supplies, personal hygiene products, and additional services. This project was made in collaboration with the Husker Pantry, designed to further help combat the ever-growing issue of food insecurity, by providing basic nutrition information and offering access to simple, cost-effective recipes for those that use the Husker Pantry. The goal of this project is that consumers can improve their eating habits and better sustain and utilize food products, which could curtail the mental and physical strain of insatiety. This project’s proposal, research, and approval phases were done with the help of Husker Pantry Director, Dr. Kenji Madison. After thorough and conscious research, the final product yielded a visual model that could be distributed to Husker Pantry consumers. This pamphlet uses the MyPlate, created by the US Department of Agriculture, and includes interactive QR code access providing links for more resources if desired, along with various recipes advocated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).