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UIUC CHLH 410 - Hunger Case Study

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Racheal Asekun Hunger Case Study 1. Which bag would you choose for the Weekend Yum! program? Why? a. I would choose Bag A because it provides many nutritious options compared to Bag B that has many non-nutritious food options. 2. Each bag has to meet a maximum cost of $8.00/bag. Is there a better combination of items that you would include in your ideal bag? Why did you choose these items? a. Bag A contains all nutritious options and meets the maximum cost of $8.00 per bag so it’s combination is ideal for a bag. 3. You’ve thought about including more fresh produce in the bags, since it is healthy and affordable. However, fresh produce is harder for AFB to handle and has to be used much more quickly by program recipients. What percentage of your bags would you choose to have as fresh produce? a. Fresh produce should be about 10% of the bags because fresh produce is very nutritious however, it does not have a long shelf life. 4. This is a very culturally/ethnically diverse community. You’ve heard requests from some children/families that they would like to see more diverse food items in the bags. You would love to do that, however having more variety of food choices would mean you would have to change your current Weekend Yum! distribution model. You’re also worried it would cost more money. a. Would you explore new options? b. If so, what percent in extra cost would you be willing to pay to have culturally relevant foods Available? a. I would look to the community to donate diverse food items to the bank. I would spend generally 10% in extra cost on culturally relevant foods because maybe not a lot of people will not be interested in trying new foods but everyone would still have the chance to experience trying new food items. 5. How would you select which students to serve with this program? a. I would look for students that are truly interested in being involved and connected with the community. Students that have true ambition and are open to working with new people and new experiences. A New Option to Consider AFB is aware of the data that a significant percent of people eligible for SNAP benefits are not receiving them. Your food bank, like others in the nation, is considering dedicatingsome funding to support SNAP outreach staff. The role of the SNAP outreach worker is to reach out to those potentially eligible for SNAP, explain the program, assist with the SNAP application, and provide case management during the application process. Early studies show that, on average: ● Each SNAP outreach worker can help 40 families get enrolled in SNAP each month. ● Each SNAP-enrolled family receives SNAP benefits for 2 years. ● SNAP outreach workers are able to enroll some members of each family into other additional benefit programs, such as WIC, Medicaid, or CHIP. While helping clients access SNAP means more dollars in their pocket to purchase food for their family, it does not generate traditional pounds of food distributed by the food bank. However, in collaboration with The Network, food banks have developed a way to measure SNAP outreach and enrollment work in their community. The average SNAP benefit is $80/person/month. The average pound of food is valued at $1.20. Thus, on average SNAP provides ~67 pounds of food to each recipient each month the recipient receives SNAP benefits. You are wondering if it might make sense to allocate some of the Weekend Yum! program budget to a SNAP outreach worker. The staff member would focus on enrolling eligible school aged children and their families into SNAP, with the goal to help the families add a more sustainable source of food to their monthly budget. A full-time SNAP outreach worker would cost $40,000, and a half-time SNAP outreach worker would cost $25,000. 6. Would you choose to use some of the program budget to hire a SNAP outreach worker? Why? a. If so, would you choose a full-time or half-time worker, and why? a. I would choose to use some of the program budget to hire a SNAP outreach worker but only a half time worker. Having a SNAP outreach worker will help benefit way more people than the original program. It will extend to many people that really are struggling with food insecurity and do not really know about the program. Hiring a SNAP outreach worker will be a great benefit to the


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