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Current Initiatives:

The following projects are on-going collaborations with orgainizations in the community including, but not limited to: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Harrisdale Homestead, University of the Philippines, and Greenstar Cooperative.

Food Decision-making survey:
Changes in the Food we Buy, Make and Serve—
The food decision-making survey project has developed to understand how and why families make changes regarding the food they buy, make and serve. In the first phase of the project, questions were developed and adapted from previous food decision-making research. Recently, the mail survey was piloted in Cass County, IA and Tompkins County, NY. After results are tabulated, the survey will be revised and available for use. There are plans for other modules of the survey that focus upon other elements of food decision-making.

Cross-cultural food decision-making research in low income communities:
Philippines, Iowa and New York—
This project examines the experience of food insecurity through the lens of food decision-making. Interviews were carried out by collaborators in Cass County, IA, Onondaga County, NY and in rural and urban sites in the Philippines. Currently, the emerging themes are being examined and organized for future publication.

Cooking Together for Family Meals—
The Cooking Together for Family Meals is an interactive Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) nutrition program developed with similar principles to Cooking Up Fun!. In the first year of funding, pilot sessions of the Cooking Together for Family Meals program were completed in Tompkins, Onondaga and Cayuga counties. The Food Decision-making program has collaborated in the development of evaluation for the program.