The purpose of this project is to examine rural store owners’ perceptions about the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed rule that updates the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) vendor requirements and to understand the barriers and facilitators to implementation. The study will include a content analysis on the public comments on USDA’s proposed rule and 40 to 50 semi-structured interviews with rural corner store owners across eight states (Iowa, Kansas, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington). Store owners will be eligible to participate in the interviews if they are: 1) working in a store located in a rural area (defined as having a zip code with >50% of the population being rural); 2) responsible for ordering the store’s food items; and 3) have less than 3 cash registers in their store. These interviews will focus on the perceived barriers of implementing the proposed rule and facilitators that could help storeowners successfully implement the new standards. The study results will provide important information to policymakers and community-based advocates seeking to assist rural corner stores in successfully stocking healthier foods.
Examining Rural Store Owners’ Perceptions of USDA’s Minimum Stocking Requirements
Arguments Used in Public Comments to Support or Oppose the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Minimum Stocking Requirements: A Content Analysis
This content analysis examines the arguments used to support or oppose the USDA’s proposed rule that all SNAP-authorized retailers carry more nutritious foods. A random sample of public comments posted to the U.S. Federal Register was analyzed. Three main themes were discussed throughout the comments: 1) arguments used in opposition … More
The healthfulness of foods and beverages found in retail food stores differs widely across the United States, both by location of the store as well as by store type. Some communities have limited access to stores that carry healthful staple foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain-rich foods, and … More
A Qualitative Evaluation of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program
This research describes findings from interviews conducted with grantees of multi-year community-based and large-scale projects funded by the FINI mechanism, as well as with stakeholders who could speak to FINI on a broader level. A total of 22 interviews were conducted with 19 organizations. Key elements addressed in this evaluation … More