A mixed-methods case study evaluation of a community-based food literacy program in the north end of Winnipeg: Community Tables
A substantial number of community members access food in community-based organizations in the Winnipeg's North End. However, many staff and volunteers in these organizations do not have adequate nutrition knowledge and food skills, nor are there healthy food policies to guide food programs. Food Matters Manitoba developed a food and nutrition education program, Community Tables. The purpose of this study was to evaluate Community Tables for its effectiveness in increasing staff/volunteer basic nutrition knowledge and food skills, and facilitating the adoption of healthy food policies by participating organizations. Data collection included questionnaires to determine knowledge acquisition and participant satisfaction, and in-depth follow-up interviews to determine each participant’s experience with developing/implementing a healthy food policy. Results suggest that the program was moderately successful in increasing participant food and nutrition knowledge; and while three organizations were able to implement policies to some degree, others faced challenges, which prevented full implementation.