Communication and Marketing of School Meals

Trial ID or NCT#



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Currently, millions of children in preschools, schools, and in afterschool continue to receive breakfast, lunch, snacks and supper through these programs. Thanks to federal nutrition standards and reimbursements, school meals are generally healthier than meals from home, particularly for students from low-income households. Participation in these programs, beginning in the earliest years, reduces food insecurity and improves child health and academic performance. Despite USDA administrative flexibilities issued during the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in school nutrition programs has decreased. This trial will examine whether an intervention that focuses on communicating the benefits of child nutrition programs and establishes a feasible and sustainable strategy for parents to provide ongoing feedback to improve the appeal, cultural relevance, and quality of school meals will increase school meal participation to reduce food insecurity and promote child health.

Official Title

Examining Communication and Marketing Strategies to Reduce Food Insecurity Among Latinx Children in California's San Joaquin Valley

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years to 55 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: ALL
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. * Elementary schools in California's San Joaquin Valley
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. * Staff and parents who do not read or speak English or Spanish


Anisha I Patel

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Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH