Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Jarrott, Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny (co-principal investigators) and Dr. Michelle Kaiser (consultant) for receiving a $1.2 million five-year grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) program. The grant is for the project “Food for a Long Life: A Community-Based Intergenerational Project In Ohio and Virginia.” Jarrott, Dabelko-Schoeny and Kaiser will be using a community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) approach with intergenerational strategies to increase healthy food access, consumption and education for at-risk young children and their families living in high poverty areas in the Near East Side of Columbus, Ohio, and Lynchburg, Virginia.
“The Food for a Long Life project allows our college to harness the abilities of community partners and families to creatively address food insecurity issues through intergenerational strategies,” said Dabelko-Schoeny. “ Lasting change can only come from community-based participation and action where the expertise of those served, community leaders and the university is shared to create new ways to address pressing needs.”
Community partners include experts in early childhood development, nutrition and food security, community engagement, and intergenerational programming. Columbus partners include Franklin County Extension, Columbus Early Learning Centers, PACT, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, and the Champion Intergenerational Enrichment and Education Center.
“We are excited to take what was learned in my current CYFAR grant (Transforming Relationships through Intergenerational Programs) to support the success and sustainability of Food for a Long Life,” added Jarrott. “That project lends invaluable practical and technical experience, training materials, and evaluation tools to Food for a Long Life. We look forward to continuing to build the knowledge base for utilizing intergenerational strategies to engage the community in responding to diverse needs and opportunities.”