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NIFA Nutrition Security Webinar Series - An App and a Carrot: An Overview of the Evolution and Impacts of VeggieBook

On Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 at 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm ET, Drs. Peter Clarke and Susan Evans will share the story of their smartphone app, called VeggieBook, designed for food pantry clients.  The app helps household cooks prepare tasty servings and snacks using vegetables. Drs. Evans and Clarke’s work was supported by NIFA, among others. The presenters will explain origins of their app, the app’s content and how it works, evidence about the app’s effectiveness, and lessons learned from disseminating the app. 

Veggiebook is free and can be downloaded now in either iPhone (from the App Store) or Android versions (from the Play Store). Attendees are encouraged to download the app and come to the webinar with any questions they might have. The app is also suitable for cooks who do not rely on pantries for their food. VeggieBook is available in both English and Spanish. 

During the webinar, Drs. Evans and Clarke will explain how organizations can adopt the app and customize it to their own needs. Organizations will learn how they can brand the app, add or delete sections, or change the profiling questions used to extract information. Organizations do not have to pay a licensing fee for the app and there are no reporting requirements.

The 60-minute overview will include everything from lessons learned about securing funding support and dissemination. Drs. Clarke and Evans have offered to stay on for an additional 30 minutes after general questions and answers so they can discuss more detailed user questions.

Click here to register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the live session. If you have any questions or comments, please email LaRachelle Samuel-Smith at LaRachelle.Samuel-Smith@usda.gov.
 

Date/Time

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 3:30 to 4:30 pm ET (overview of VeggieBook App) and 4:30 to 5:00 pm (additional time for QAs and troubleshooting with the App developers)

Webinar Title

An App and a Carrot: An Overview of the Evolution and Impacts of VeggieBook

Description

On Tuesday, June 7th, 2022, at 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm ET, Drs. Peter Clarke and Susan Evans will share the story of their smartphone app, called VeggieBook, designed for food pantry clients. The app helps household cooks prepare tasty servings and snacks using vegetables. Drs. Evans and Clarke’s work was supported by NIFA, among others. The presenters will explain origins of their app, the app’s content and how it works, evidence about the app’s effectiveness, and lessons learned from disseminating the app.  Veggiebook is free and can be downloaded now in either iPhone (from the App Store) or Android versions (from the Play Store).  Attendees are encouraged to download the app and come to the webinar with any questions they might have. The app is also suitable for cooks who do not rely on pantries for their food.

VeggieBook is available in both English and Spanish. During the webinar, the speakers will explain how organizations can adopt the app and customize it to their own needs. Organizations will learn how they can brand the app, add, or delete sections, or change the profiling questions used to extract information.  Organizations do not have to pay a licensing fee for the app and there are no reporting requirements. The 60-minute overview will include everything from lessons learned about securing funding support and dissemination. Drs. Clarke and Evans have offered to stay on for an additional 30 minutes after general questions and answers so they can discuss more detailed user questions.

Intended Audience

NIFA stakeholders including academics, practitioners, and decision makers working to prioritize nutrition security. And any organization that seeks to help their clients eat in a healthier way, including hospitals and non-profits concerned with public nutrition.

Registration Link

Register in advance for this webinar

Moderator

Mallory Koenings, PhD, RDN, National Program Leader, Division of Nutrition, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Panelists

Webinar Team

  • Matthew Browning, Public Affairs Specialists
  • Danielle Farley, MS, NIFA Social Science Specialist, Division of Animal Systems, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
  • Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD, JD, RDN, NIFA National Science Liaison - Nutrition and Food Safety and NIFA Nutrition Security Team Co-Lead
  • Amber Gellert, MA, NIFA Program Assistant, Division of Community and Education, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community
  • Cassandra Huey, PhD, NIFA Program Specialist, Division of Community and Education, Institute of Youth, Family and Community and NIFA Nutrition Security Team Executive Coordinator
  • Stephanie Morriss, PhD, NIFA Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition Date Analyst
  • Faith Peppers, NIFA Director of Communications
  • LaRachelle Samuel-Smith, PhD, NIFA Internal Communications Manager

Relevant Resources

Learn more about VeggieBook:

Post Webinar

The video recording, slide deck, and other resources will be provided on the series webpage after the live version and will be emailed to all registered webinar attendees.

Reasonable Accommodations

Closed captioning is generally offered for our webinar series. If you need any additional reasonable accommodation to participate in this webinar, please contact Sheila Fleischhacker at Sheila.fleischhacker@usda.gov or 816-266-7859 no later than Monday, June 6th at 5:00 pm ET. Language access services, such as interpretation or translation of vital information, could be provided free of charge to limited English proficient and those who require other reasonable accommodation upon request.

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