This article finds that mobile food vendors contribute to after-school snacking among children, and should be considered part of the school food environment. Based on data collected in Oakland, CA in the spring of 2008, researchers found a wide variety of vendors near schools. They include vendors who sell low-nutrient, calorie-dense items, such as ice cream and candy, and those who sell nutritious items, such as whole and processed (cut and bagged) fruits and vegetables. Forty percent of the whole and processed fruits and vegetables sold by vendors were consumed by children.
Published: January 2010
ID #: 63049
Journal: Am J Prev Med
Authors: Tester JM, Yen IH, Laraia B
Keywords: Community setting, Fruits and vegetables, Mobile food vending, Neighborhood, Out-of-School Time, Snacks, Urban
Age Groups: Elementary-age children (grades K to 5), Young adolescents (grades 6 to 8)
Focus Areas: Food Access, Food Retail, School & After School
Resource Type: Journal Article
Race/Ethnicity: Latino(a) or Hispanic, Multi-racial/ethnic
Using Mobile Fruit Vendors to Increase Access to Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for SchoolchildrenThis study explored the extent to which schoolchildren would purchase pre-cut and bagged fruits and vegetables from a mobile fruit vendor (frutero). During 14 days in fall 2008, a vendor sold fruits and vegetables at the entrance of an elementary school property in Oakland, California, at the close of each school day. Overall, 248 bags More
Healthy Food Availability and Participation in WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) in Food Stores Around Lower- and Higher-Income Elementary SchoolsThis paper examines the range of food outlets around lower- and higher-income urban schools and compares the availability of healthy food items in those stores. It also examines whether stores accepting vouchers for WIC, a federal program for improving health and nutrition of lower-income mothers and their children, have more healthy items available than stores More
An Analysis of Public Health Policy and Legal Issues Relevant to Mobile Food VendingMobile food vending as a venue for food access has received little attention in the public health literature. This paper outlines key components of mobile food vending regulation and provides examples from 12 U.S. cities to illustrate the variations surrounding these regulations. Then, using the regulatory framework, the authors describe how mobile food vending can More
Healthy Food Availability in Small Urban Food Stores: A Comparison of Four U.S. CitiesThis article assesses the availability of healthy foods in small food stores within four metropolitan areas: Baltimore, Maryland; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Oakland, California; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Overall, availability of healthy foods within these small urban stores was limited. For nearly all food/beverage categories, scores regarding healthy food availability increased as store size increased.