Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)


Clinical Nutrition

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Elizabeth F. Lowe

Committee Members

Jamie B. Kridler, Mary Kay Anderson


The purpose of this study was to determine if the nutritional needs of high-risk community members are met by supplemental food baskets distributed by charitable groups in northeast Tennessee. Hunger is a real problem among the area's elderly population, as 14.3% of the populations live at or below the poverty level. Data were collected using observation interviews at the food bank. A nutrient analysis tool was used to analyze the nutrient content of food items in a standard food basket. The findings were compared to the recommended dietary allowance for the elderly population. The supplemental food basket was adequate in calories but deficient in some nutrients especially calcium. In order to improve the quality of supplemental food baskets, organizations should solicit for highly nutritious foods that can better meet the nutritional needs of the elderly population.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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