History of the Freshplace Program
The More than Food framework evolved from a rigorous evaluation of the Freshplace program. Freshplace is an innovative food pantry program that was founded by three community agencies – Foodshare, Chrysalis Center, Inc., and the Junior League of Hartford, Inc.– to build long-term food security and self-sufficiency among residents of the North End of Hartford, CT. In 2009 Dr. Katie Martin from the University of Connecticut, now at the University of Saint Joseph, joined the three agencies to help implement the program and evaluate the effectiveness of the Freshplace program. The goal of the Freshplace program is to provide a more fundamental approach to the problem of food insecurity by addressing the root causes of poverty. Freshplace opened in June of 2010 and has been successfully serving members ever since.
A manual about the Freshplace program was created in 2014. To access the Freshplace program manual please complete this form.
Links to full text articles about the Freshplace program:
- Martin K, Grady J, Wu R, Wolff M, Colantonio A. Food Pantry Program Improves Food Security, Self Sufficiency and Diet Quality. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, November 2013.
- Robaina K, Martin K. Food Insecurity is related to Poor Diet Quality and Obesity among Food Pantry Participants in Hartford, CT. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012 Dec.
- Martin K, Shuckerow M, O’Rourke C, Schmitz A. Changing the Conversation about Hunger – the Process of Developing Freshplace. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, Johns Hopkins Press. 2012.
- Martin K, Colantonio A, Picho K, Boyle K. Self-efficacy is Associated with Increased Food Security in Novel Food Pantry Program. Social Science and Medicine - Population Health. 2016.