A growing number of consumers are ordering groceries online and picking them up in-store (OOPIS) to limit their exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Although OOPIS has been widely adopted, WIC participants in most states are unable to use OOPIS to redeem their WIC benefits due to significant legal barriers. To overcome these barriers, Prime Time Nutrition (PTN) stores in Oklahoma innovatively adopted a modified OOPIS model for WIC participants. This project aims to evaluate WIC participants’ adoption of the OOPIS model in Oklahoma and the impact of OOPIS on WIC participants’ benefit redemption behaviors. To achieve this goal, the research team will pursue two specific aims: 1) To examine how the COVID-19 pandemic affects the adoption of the OOPIS model among WIC participants in Oklahoma; and 2) To examine how OOPIS affects Oklahoma WIC participants’ redemption behaviors in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Online Ordering and Curbside Pick‑up for WIC Participants during the COVID‑19 Pandemic
In the next year, an estimated 1 in 4 children will experience food insecurity (up from 1 in 6, pre-pandemic), disproportionately impacting children in low-income households and racial/ethnic minorities. To mediate loss of school meals during closures and reduce COVID-19 exposure, Congress authorized the USDA to permit local education authorities … More
Food insecurity among households with children under 18 has increased dramatically during the COVID pandemic; from 15% in 2018 to 28% in June 2020. Governments and school districts have rapidly adopted policies to help children facing food insecurity as a result of the pandemic. Two leading policies include the Pandemic-Electronic … More
Strengthening the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through State Waiver Flexibilities: Perspectives from the National Network of State SNAP Directors
The rapid rise in food insecurity among households with children during COVID-19 has reinforced the critical role SNAP plays in reducing food insecurity and poverty, particularly in low-income communities of color. Waivers and other state program modifications enacted during the pandemic could improve access to SNAP and reduce income and … More