As the Center for Disease Control (CDC) puts it, “Hunger and food insecurity increase the risk for lower dietary quality and undernutrition; in turn, undernutrition can negatively affect overall health, cognitive development, and school performance” (Centers for Disease Control, 2015). Because food pantries provide a sustainable source of healthy food for the student population at little to no cost, the establishment of a food pantry at Northwest Career and Technical Academy will greatly assist students who are on the free and reduced lunch program as well as other students who do not have access to healthy food. In order to measure how students are affected by the food pantry, two surveys will be conducted. The first survey, the pre-survey, will be conducted one week before the establishment of the food pantry in order to get a gauge of how students perceive their own nutrition and if they are satisfied with how they currently eat. The food pantry will be opened and will provide students a variety of non-perishable food items, but will later evolve to provide fresh, perishable food items. A post-survey will be conducted one week after the establishment of the food pantry.
School Pantry Program [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved January 13, 2019, from https://www.foodbankiowa.org/partners/programs/ school-pantry-program
Based of various studies and surveys conducted in the state of Nevada, it was found that a large majority of children in Nevada miss meals and are often undernourished, due to a variety of causes, notably not being able to afford food. Furthermore, a large number of Nevadans, including children, do not consume healthy foods that provide the necessary nutrients. More specifically, at Northwest CTA, many students most likely cannot afford healthy food, if any food at all. This data highlights the importance of providing food and healthier eating options to children, in this case, the students of NWCTA. A food pantry would be a viable option in solving these food-related issues.