Communication and Marketing of School Meals


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Trial ID: NCT05109351


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

Stanford Investigator(s)


Inclusion Criteria:

* Elementary schools in California's San Joaquin Valley

Exclusion Criteria:

* Staff and parents who do not read or speak English or Spanish


behavioral: Participating to Boost Meal Participation


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Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH