Northern fruit and vegetable pilot program: a process evaluation.
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PURPOSE: A process evaluation was conducted of the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program (NFVPP), a government-funded health promotion initiative. The objectives were to determine how the program was implemented and to identify program facilitators and challenges.
METHODS: Facilitators and challenges in the implementation of the free fruit and vegetable snack program were assessed through qualitative interviews with school-level stakeholders (i.e., food preparers, teachers, and principals) and tracking wasted produce. The implementation of an enhanced nutrition education (ENE) component was assessed through a teacher survey.
RESULTS: School-level stakeholders saw the NFVPP as a valuable program. Key facilitators included teacher role-modelling and sufficient funding for supplies and personnel. Key challenges included produce delivery, quality, wastage, and variety. The ENE component was minimally implemented.
CONCLUSIONS: The study identified program strengths and areas that could be improved. As a result, changes were made to how the NFVPP was implemented in schools the following year. The use of qualitative methods enabled program planners to understand the program implementation process.