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Brown School of Social Work

Date Submitted

Fall 12-9-2014



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While research indicates that many critical factors contribute to the complexity behind explaining the achievement gap, current research in the United States overlooks the importance of addressing food insecurity as an important contributing factor for academic success known as “hidden hunger”There is a lack of research about how to most effectively address the needs of youth that do not receive nutritional foods in order to bbe healthy and productive members of their schools and communities International research has indicated that nutrition plays a key role in positive cognitive development including improved attention and episodic memory, among other factors, that lead to better academic performance Though St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) participate in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, students are still not receiving food with adequate nutritional value in some regions Food Deserts: Low-income census tract with limited access to food, determined by the distance from a certain location (i.e., schools) to a grocery store, supercenter or supermarket (USDA, 2010). This project asks how does satisfactory nutritional food access compare in elementary and secondary public schools in St. Louis city and St. Louis County?


Social Work


St. Louis, MO

Access to Nutritional Foods in St. Louis Public Schools
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