A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Novel Food Pantry in a Pediatric Primary Care Center

Erin Hickey, Michelle Phan, Andrew F. Beck, Mary Carol Burkhardt, Melissa D. Klein

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Evidence suggests that management of food insecurity in primary care may enhance preventive care delivery. This study assessed the impact of a food pantry in a pediatric primary care center over 22 months. Quantitative outcome assessments (number of children affected, number of referrals, and completion of preventative services) compared the child receiving food from the pantry to age-matched controls. Commonalities from interviews with pantry-using families were identified using thematic analysis. A total of 504 index patients received food from the pantry during an office visit. There were 546 in-clinic and community referrals. There was no significant relationship between accessing the pantry and preventative service completion by 27 months of age. Themes that emerged during interviews included the need for an emergency food source, facilitation of referrals, and increased trust in the clinic. An in-clinic food pantry is a feasible and family-welcomed approach to address food insecurity in pediatric primary care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-284
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • clinic
  • food insecurity
  • food pantry
  • pediatric
  • primary care


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