Food and Nutrition Security in Action: The Role of the RDN in Nutrition Incentive Programs


Dietetic practitioners are at the forefront of delivering programs that help close the nutrition gap among low-income populations across America. The United States Department of Agriculture invests millions of dollars in nutrition incentive (NI) programs, an evidence-based method that improves food and nutrition security. NI programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program incentive and produce prescription programs, two programs that increase purchasing power and access to fruit and vegetables. NI programs are an important tool to ensure there is equitable and consistent access to healthy food across the United States. Dietetics practitioners play a critical role in the implementation, evaluation, and advocacy for NI programs across different areas of practice (clinical, community, research) and in diverse communities. The panel will speak to the value of nutrition incentive programs to improve food and nutrition security as well as their ability to impact social and structural inequities within our food system. The panelist include representation from: the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, which oversees the evaluation of the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP); a RDN researcher and policy expert evaluating the impact and implementation of GusNIP funded produce prescription program in Iowa; and a GusNIP funded program administrator.

Planned with the Legislative and Public Policy Committee

Learning Objectives

Describe how nutrition incentive programs can lead to improved food and nutrition security across diverse areas of dietetic practice

Recognize how nutrition incentive programs can be leveraged to address food and nutrition security by working to eliminate social and structural determinants of health

Explain how dietetic practitioners can implement, evaluate, and advocate for nutrition incentive programs and advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and access

Performance Indicators

4.2 Exercises critical thinking when faced with opportunities and challenges

1.7 Applies cultural competence and consideration for social determinants of health to show respect for individuals, groups and populations

12.1 Advocates for health promotion and disease prevention in communities, in populations and globally


Lyndi Buckingham-Schutt

Assistant Professor Community Nutrition and Health

Iowa State University

Lonni Byrd

Double Up Food Bucks Manager

Nourish Colorado

Gretchen Groves

Project Manager

Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition


Sarah Stotz

Assistant Research Professor

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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