The project seeks to address a measurement gap in food access research by assessing various factors in corner stores within the context of the larger food environment related to childhood obesity prevention. Using mainly qualitative approaches, a toolkit of healthy corner store measures, specific to store owners, parents, and adolescents will be developed. The long-term goal of the project is to create a toolkit with consistent and comparable measures of the healthy corner store food environment. Specific aims of the project are to: 1) identify factors that influence the successful implementation of corner store projects in specific targeted populations (store owners, parents, and adolescents), as well as barriers, in both rural and urban settings, and 2) modify existing measurement tools and develop new tools to better assess healthy food access.
Developing a Toolkit to Measure Access to Healthy Foods at Urban and Rural Corner Stores
The Food Market Measures Toolkit compiles, categorizes, and describes healthy food retail measures to assist researchers and public health practitioners in selecting the appropriate measurement tool for their work. While a majority of measures focus on store environment and availability of healthy food, this guide also includes measures of consumer … More
The Academic, Behavioral, and Health Influence of Summer Child Nutrition Programs: A Narrative Review and Proposed Research and Policy Agenda
Since 1975, the US Department of Agriculture has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program as a nationwide strategy for providing nutritious meals to children and youth (aged 18 years or younger) in low-income communities during the summer months. Many programs are sponsored by community organizations as well as school districts … More
Evaluation of the USDA FINI Program Finds Benefits for Consumers, Farmers and Retailers, and Local Economies
In December 2018, Congress passed a new farm bill which included a reauthorization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program. This brief summarizes the findings of a recent qualitative evaluation of FINI, which concludes that the program has benefits for consumers, farmers and … More