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Community kitchens for nutrition education

Health Factors: Diet & Exercise
Decision Makers: Employers & Businesses Local Government State Government Nonprofit Leaders
Evidence Rating: Insufficient Evidence
Population Reach: 10-19% of WI's population
Impact on Disparities: Likely to decrease disparities

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Description

Community kitchens are spaces where community members share knowledge, resources, and labor to prepare, cook, and consume food. Community kitchens often focus on developing nutrition education and food skills for low income participants experiencing food insecurity (Iacovou 2013). Such programs frequently use existing spaces that are not licensed or set up for entrepreneurial activities or commercial food processing.

Expected Beneficial Outcomes

Increased healthy food consumption
Increased food security
Improved social skills

Evidence of Effectiveness

There is insufficient evidence to determine whether community kitchens offering nutrition education and food skill programs improve the nutritional intake of participants and their families (Iacovou 2013). Participating in community kitchen programming has been associated with enhanced food skills, improved community food security, and improved social interactions (Iacovou 2013, Fridman 2013). Additional evidence is needed to confirm effects. 

Implementation

United States

Community kitchens can be hosted by faith-based organizations, schools, community or senior centers, businesses or non-profit groups (Kitchen commons 2013). Implementation varies by community. Community kitchens can also serve as a venue for the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed), which supports nutrition education for individuals and families with low incomes (USDA-SNAP-Ed).

Implementation Resources

LHC-Rockeymoore 2014 - Rockeymoore M, Moscetti C, Fountain A. Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit. Leadership for Healthy Communities (LHC). 2014. Accessed on June 16, 2017
Lowitt 2011 - Lowitt K. Community kitchen best practices toolkit: A guide for community organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador. Saint John's, NL: Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador (FSN); 2011. Accessed on November 19, 2015
SRHD-Toolkit 2012 - Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD). Community kitchen toolkit: A guide for community organizations in Spokane, Washington. Spokane: Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD), Neighborhoods Matter; 2012. Accessed on November 18, 2015

Citations - Description

Iacovou 2013* - Iacovou M, Pattieson DC, Truby H, Palermo C. Social health and nutrition impacts of community kitchens: A systematic review. Public Health Nutrition. 2013;16(3):535–43. Accessed on November 18, 2015

Citations - Evidence

Fridman 2013* - Fridman J, Lenters L. Kitchen as food hub: Adaptive food systems governance in the city of Toronto. Local Environment. 2013;18(5):543–56. Accessed on November 10, 2015
Iacovou 2013* - Iacovou M, Pattieson DC, Truby H, Palermo C. Social health and nutrition impacts of community kitchens: A systematic review. Public Health Nutrition. 2013;16(3):535–43. Accessed on November 18, 2015

Citations - Implementation

Kitchen commons 2013 - Kitchen Commons. Community kitchen resource guide: How to access, use, and host community kitchens. Portland: Kitchen Commons; 2013. Accessed on November 18, 2015
USDA-SNAP-Ed - US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). SNAP-Ed. Accessed on February 20, 2017

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July 28, 2015

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