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WIC Online Ordering: Opportunities and Issues to Consider During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Click & Collect model is a three-step process for placing a WIC grocery order online, then picking it up and paying for it at the store. This model for online ordering could be an opportunity, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, to address certain challenges to WIC shopping and benefit redemption. A pilot study More

Date: June 2021

Resource Type: Research Brief

Focus Areas: Nutrition Policy & Programs

Using Online Food Retail ‘Nudges’ to Promote Healthier Beverage Intake among Low-Income Children

This study seeks to develop and test the impact of “nudges” in an online grocery store on purchases of fruit drinks and healthier substitutes among a sample of low-income parents of children ages 1-5 years. The goal of this project is to reduce fruit drink intake among low-income children, including those whose parents participate in More

Date: April 2021

Resource Type: Grant Summary

Focus Areas: Beverages Early Childhood Food Retail

Retail Strategies to Support Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating Research (HER), Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and The Food Trust have developed the first national research agenda focused on healthy food retail. The research agenda is the result of a multi-step process, including commissioned research and a Healthy Retail Research convening, which More

Date: November 2020

Resource Type: Report Special Journal Issue

Focus Areas: Food Access Food Retail

Understanding Successful Healthy Stores in Low Income Communities: A Case Study Approach

The study goals and objectives are: 1) To conduct mixed methods research to construct case studies in 7 diverse healthy food-focused retail food stores located in low-income communities throughout the United States; 2) To understand experiences of these stores in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, including strengths and vulnerabilities; and 3) To conduct a More

Date: October 2020

Resource Type: Commissioned Research Project Summary

Focus Areas: Food Retail

Strengthening WIC’s Impact During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

The USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides critical nutrition assistance to lower-income women, infants, and young children. During the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment has risen to levels greater than experienced during the Great Recession, and food insecurity has also increased, making WIC’s role more important than ever. This research brief More

Date: July 2020

Resource Type: Research Brief

Focus Areas: Early Childhood Nutrition Policy & Programs

Evaluating a USDA Program that Gives SNAP Participants Financial Incentives to Buy Fresh Produce in Supermarkets

Pricing incentives may reduce disparities in obesity among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants by increasing fruit and vegetable purchases. However, few studies have evaluated the feasibility and effectiveness of those incentives in supermarkets, as opposed to farmers markets. In 2015 and 2016, as part of a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) pilot program, a More

Date: November 2019

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Food Retail Nutrition Policy & Programs

Appalachian Store Owners’ and Managers’ Perspectives on the Role of Their Store in the Community and in Providing Healthier Food to the Community

Appalachian communities have lower access to healthier food sources like grocery stores. Through semi-structured interviews with owner/managers of convenience stores in Appalachian communities, this qualitative study explored perceived roles and business practices of small food retailers using a grounded theory approach. Five themes emerged including strong relationships between stores and customers, the role of the More

Date: September 2019

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Food Access Food Retail

Healthy Retail Research Convening

Healthy Eating Research (HER) is commissioning the Center for Science in the Public Interest to produce a report outlining the proceedings of a convening to develop a research agenda for healthy retail. The resulting research agenda and proceedings will be based on a series of literature reviews, white papers, interviews, and convening discussions. In 2010, More

Date: August 2019

Resource Type: Commissioned Research Project Summary

Focus Areas: Food Retail

Supermarkets in Cyberspace: Assessing Online Food Retail Marketing Practices

The goals of this research are to: 1) refine a conceptual framework for the hypothesized influence of the online food retail environment on food choices and 2) conduct a mixed-methods content analysis of the leading online food retail platforms. Related to the first goal, the research team will refine the conceptual model by conducting key More

Date: April 2019

Resource Type: Commissioned Research Project Summary

Focus Areas: Food Marketing Food Retail

Impact of an Innovative Pricing Manipulation Study on Sales & Purchasing in a Low-Income Urban Community Store

This project will expand an existing study and test different pricing manipulation strategies for both healthy and unhealthy foods and accompanying promotional strategies in a community grocery store. The research team will introduce a series of pricing manipulation strategies on a monthly basis. For each food item, they will identify two healthy and two unhealthy More

Date: March 2019

Resource Type: Commissioned Research Project Summary

Focus Areas: Food Retail