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 and store-owner perspectives. In addition, the guide helps identify gaps in healthy food retail measurement tools, which may encourage researchers to pursue developing and testing new measures moving forward.
Food Market Measures Toolkit: Assessment of Food Environment, Consumers, and Store Owners
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 … 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
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