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30-11-2012 8:30 AM

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30-11-2012 10:00 AM

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The Mobile Pantry (MP) program of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell, Massachusetts provides supplementary food to ensure that their clients have a sufficient amount of appropriate foods for a nutritious diet. The purpose of this project was to assess the effectiveness of MP services and explore opportunities for providing more healthful foods. The project was a descriptive cross-sectional study surveying MP clients, who are homebound, low-income elderly and/or disabled individuals residing in Greater Lowell. The survey took place between October 10 and November 16, 2011. Participation was anonymous and voluntary. The primary client from each of 77 households out of 309 responded to the questionnaire. Most of the respondents were white, female, and over age 65. Most respondents agreed strongly that with MP’s aid they ate more fruits, vegetables, and healthy foods; ate a balanced diet; were more physically and socially active; and generally felt healthier. Most respondents also stated that they would skip more meals and spend less on other necessities if they did not have help from MP. The program may be essential for the health, nutritional well-being, and food security of the low-income elderly and/or disabled in the Greater Lowell community. The results of this study may be utilized to improve MP services and food variety.

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Mobile Pantry of Lowell Survey

The Mobile Pantry (MP) program of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell, Massachusetts provides supplementary food to ensure that their clients have a sufficient amount of appropriate foods for a nutritious diet. The purpose of this project was to assess the effectiveness of MP services and explore opportunities for providing more healthful foods. The project was a descriptive cross-sectional study surveying MP clients, who are homebound, low-income elderly and/or disabled individuals residing in Greater Lowell. The survey took place between October 10 and November 16, 2011. Participation was anonymous and voluntary. The primary client from each of 77 households out of 309 responded to the questionnaire. Most of the respondents were white, female, and over age 65. Most respondents agreed strongly that with MP’s aid they ate more fruits, vegetables, and healthy foods; ate a balanced diet; were more physically and socially active; and generally felt healthier. Most respondents also stated that they would skip more meals and spend less on other necessities if they did not have help from MP. The program may be essential for the health, nutritional well-being, and food security of the low-income elderly and/or disabled in the Greater Lowell community. The results of this study may be utilized to improve MP services and food variety.

 

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