Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Students Use Creative Approach to Help Solve Community Problem

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Students Use Creative Approach to Help Solve Community Problem

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Like any big city, Memphis, Tennessee has no shortage of hungry people. To help feed the needy, the Memphis Food Bank operates a food recovery program that safely redistributes prepared foods from local foodservice establishments to soup kitchens, community centers, and shelters. However, the recipient agencies cannot use many of the available bagels. To help develop tasty recipes using this bread product, dietetic students in The University of Memphis' Experimental Foods course in the Department of Consumer Science and Education formulated and evaluated several products incorporating bagels.

The students' goal was to develop a recipe that utilized the greatest amount of the bagels without changing the taste or texture of the product. To accomplish this, the students ground the bagels into crumbs and incorporated the crumbs into meatloaf, a spinach casserole, and meatballs. Dietetic interns and their professors completed the sensory evaluation of the products.

The students proceeded through all the steps of the research process: performing a literature review, gathering data, making conclusions about the data using statistical methods, and presenting research posters at The University of Memphis Undergraduate and the Tennessee Dietetic Association student research symposiums. The students were award winners at both symposiums, taking first place in the undergraduate category at the statewide dietetic meeting. …

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