Share Your Experience and Ideas

The Iowa Department of Public Health and the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health are working on a project with Iowa’s food banks. The project is focused on food insecurity—specifically among older adults—and what can be done within Iowa’s food bank system to more adequately address it.


  • Do you know or work with older Iowans who struggle financially to purchase healthy foods?

  • Do you have experience working to increase access to healthy foods in your community? 

If yes, your experiences, perspectives and ideas would be useful to this project. Will you help us?


The Iowa Department of Public Health’s SNAP-Ed team (Iowa Nutrition Network) and the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health are working with Iowa’s food banks to learn more about food insecurity—specifically among older adults—and what can be done within the food bank system to more adequately address it.


The project team would like to learn from Iowa dietitians and other community members with nutrition or food systems expertise.


Do you provide services to older Iowans who struggle to pay for medications and/or foods they need to manage their chronic disease? Do you work in your community to improve access to healthy food for people with low incomes? If yes, we want to hear from you!


The University of Iowa developed an online survey method to collect your experiences, perspectives and ideas for this project.

  1. You will be asked to think about a question and enter your responses or ideas (whatever comes to mind). Pretty simple, really.

  2. The University of Iowa researchers will sort through everyone's responses and make a list of all the ideas.

  3. A second survey will be sent. You will be asked to group the ideas generated from the first survey based on how you think they are related. This may take a little more time—we estimate it could take up to half an hour, but it depends on how many ideas are submitted in the first survey.

  4. You will be asked to rate each of the groups based on how important you think they are.

You can participate in both of the surveys or just one. For each survey you complete, we will send you a $5 gift card to compensate you for your time and effort. While this cannot fully compensate you, we want to express our appreciation for your contributions.


We would like to send out the first survey in March. If you are willing to participate in this project, or if you have questions, contact Patrick Brady at patrick-j-brady@uiowa.edu

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