S.T.R.E.T.C.H. Materials

S.T.R.E.T.C.H. (Safety, Training, Resources, and Education to Combat Hunger)

Emergency feeding programs come in a variety of sizes and operational styles. Some are large with full-time trained staff members. Many are small and operate mainly with volunteer help. Regardless of size or staffing, all emergency feeding programs share a common goal--providing safe, nutritious food to people who might otherwise go without. The STRETCH card and information system is a self-assessment tool used to:
  1. help emergency food providers examine the strengths and weaknesses of their individual programs
  2. encourage programs to set goals and priorities
  3. provide information and education
Included is a set of 18 cards, associated fact sheets, a worksheet, and a follow-up survey. Although this tool was designed to aid emergency feeding programs, it can also be used with retail, commercial, or occasional food preparation or service establishments.

HTML-formatted versions, as well as, Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files are available for the STRETCH materials. The pdf files are identical in format to the original, printed materials and are preferable. If you do not have the free Acrobat Reader program, it is available for downloading from Adobe.

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Check out our NEW food demonstration video in the video library! Raquel Reyes, Purdue University Undergraduate Dietetics Student, created a video on how to prepare a newsletter recipe, Bean Tacos. Enjoy!

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Curious about Food Policy Councils? This Purdue article by Dr. Heather A. Eicher-Miller and Briana Eicher examines the background, opportunities, and policy implications.

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