Charitable food organizations are key to fighting food insecurity in the United States. Because of the reach and mission of these programs, they also provide a key opportunity to improve dietary quality of vulnerable populations. This symposium will cover the current landscape of American charitable food; links between charitable food, obesity and food insecurity; and how food pantry environments can be modified to improve diet quality and address health disparities.

10:15am Current Landscape of Charitable Food and Policies to Promote Healthy Food Within Food Banks
Marlene B Schwartz, PhD
10:45am Interventions in Food Pantries to Improve Healthy Food Access
Katie Martin, PhD
11:15am Intersections Between Obesity and Food Insecurity Among Food Pantry Clients
Mary B Williams, PhD