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
Evaluating the implementation and impact of a healthier checkout programme at a regional convenience store chain
This study aimed to test the feasibility of implementing and evaluating a healthier checkout pilot study in a convenience store chain in New Hampshire. A quasi-experimental study was conducted comparing a 3-month ‘healthier checkouts’ intervention in ten convenience stores which stocked eight healthier items in the checkout space and ten … More
The USDA Online Purchasing Pilot, which allows SNAP participants to shop and pay for groceries online, rapidly expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic. From March 2020 to March 2021, the number of participating states increased from 5 to 47. This brief assesses whether the Pilot promotes healthy food access (using the … More