Characteristics of Food Insecurity in Bahamian Schools

Although the Bahamas currently has a food assistance program for children referred to as the National Lunch Programme, it does not sufficiently address the food insecurity problem of youth in the Bahamas. In the absence of a Bahamian national food consumption study, Dr. Allison Karpyn and graduate research assistants conducted an in-depth needs assessment of local food insecurity and breakfast consumption among school age children as well as an evaluation of the current National Lunch Programme in June and July of 2017.


Karpyn, A., et al.  (2019). Healthy children for a healthy nation: Achieving food security in Bahamian schools. The University of Delaware’s Center for Research in Education and Social Policy. (Work in progress).


Karpyn, A. (2017). Achieving food security in small island developing states, The Bahamas example. University of Pennsylvania PRC Symposium. Accelerating Policies and Research on Food Access, Diet and Obesity Prevention.


Coburn, C. (August 2014). Data from Health Fairs on Eleuthera, Summer 2014. Oral presentation at One Eleuthera Health and Wellness Symposium. Symposium conducted at the meeting of One Eleuthera Foundation, Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Ministry of Health. (2008). Compulsory standards for healthy school lunch. The Government of the Bahamas: The Nutrition Unit, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health.
*Shared with permission from the Ministry of Health, The Bahamas

Weatherly, J. A. (2018). Exploring breakfast consumption among school children in Eleuthera, Bahamas: A mixed- method study (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Pennsylvania, United States of America.


Start Date: January 1, 2017

CRESP Lead Researcher: Allison Karpyn

Funder: US State Department, Fulbright Commission

Partner Organization(s):Hands for Hunger, One Eleuthera Foundation, University of The Bahamas, University of Pennsylvania

Partner Experts:Erecia Hepburn, PhD; Zeleka Knowles; Shaun Ingraham

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