Establishing county-level food and beverage standards is a promising strategy for improving nutrition environments. This study will investigate the impact of nutrition standards policies on county facilities that serve foods and beverages to children from lower-income communities of color in California. The specific aims are to: 1) describe the process of developing, implementing, and monitoring county nutrition standards, best practices, and lessons learned in seven ethnically and socioeconomically diverse counties in California that have developed these policies to date; 2) examine the strength, quality, and key components of nutrition standards policies in terms of potential to increase access to healthy foods and beverages; 3) assess the extent of implementation and adherence to county nutrition standards policies; and 4) identify differences in nutrition environments between counties that have implemented nutrition standards and a matched comparison sample of counties that do not have any nutrition standards policies in place. A multi-method approach will be used including policy review, environmental assessments, key informant interviews, and an online survey.
Investigating Nutrition Standards in Seven California Counties to Inform Policy at Local, State, and Federal Levels
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
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
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