We developed the UnProcessed Pantry Project (UP3) framework to guide access to and consumption of nutritious food among food pantries, customers, and others in the emergency food system. Ultra-processed food has become ubiquitous across food environments, including food pantries, which are accessed by more than 40 million individuals each year in the U.S. Low-income populations, many of which are customers at food pantries, disproportionately consume ultra-processed food, which may contribute to an increased prevalence of nutrition-related chronic diseases. To address this disparity, UP3 helps customers and food pantry stakeholders to distinguish ultra-processed food from all other foods in order to guide changes in the food supply, support nutritious food choices, and encourage healthy food consumption. UP3 was developed by adapting the NOVA framework and the 2015 Dietary Recommendations for Americans to apply to the food pantry setting.
Please read our manuscript which further describes this important framework and share widely. Please do provide your thoughts about this framework. We welcome and encourage your feedback as we continue to develop and test UP3.