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The “Produce Toolbox” program was piloted by California Association of Food Banks in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to assess the effectiveness of short and focused nutrition education lessons with food bank clients standing in food distribution lines. The interactive MyPlate-based nutrition lessons and tastings focused on increasing nutrition knowledge and consumption of fresh, food-bank-provided fruits and vegetables. The evaluation study of the program, conducted by Perales & Associates Evaluation Services in partnership with the Network for a Healthy California, shows that a well-designed nutrition education intervention, conducted within the time restraints of a food distribution line, can still have an impact on nutrition message knowledge and consumption-related behaviors.

Download the full report here: Assessing the Impact of Nutrition Education at Produce Distributions

The nutrition education lessons and their accompanying materials can be found below:
 

Lesson 1: Introduction to MyPlate
 

  1. Lesson Plan
  2. Protocol
  3. Poster Template
  4. Getting Started with MyPlate
  5. MyPlate Community Toolkit
  6. Mini-poster: English/Spanish
  7. Stone Fruit Tip Card: English/Spanish
  8. All Lesson 1 Materials (.zip): Lesson 1 Packet

 

Lesson 2: Broccoli
 

  1. Lesson Plan
  2. Protocol
  3. Poster Template
  4. USDA Dietary Guidelines Brochure
  5. USDA MyPlate Consumer Messages
  6. USDA MyPlate Tip Sheet
  7. Mini-poster: English/Spanish
  8. Broccoli Tip Card: English/Spanish
  9. All Lesson 2 Materials (.zip): Lesson 2 Packet

 

Lesson 3: Fruits and Vegetables
 

  1. Lesson Plan
  2. Protocol
  3. Poster Template
  4. CDC How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Manage Weight
  5. CDC How Many Fruits and Vegetables Do You Need?
  6. Mini-poster: English/Spanish
  7. Stone Fruit Tip Card: English/Spanish
  8. All Lesson 3 Materials (.zip): Lesson 3 Packet

 

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