The Healthy Eating Research (HER) Corner Store working group, comprised of HER grantees conducting research in this topic area, undertook a research project that builds on existing projects in multiple communities around the United States. Each of the eight participating sites in seven states produced in-depth interviews with small store owners and managers. The interviews were comprised of both open-ended (qualitative) and structured (quantitative) questions. The focus of these interviews was on the experiences, challenges, and facilitating factors, as the small store owners/managers adapted to 2009 changes in the USDA’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program food package. The interviews were conducted in English, Spanish, and Korean, and were recorded and transcribed. Responses to structured questions were entered by each site using a common entry scheme, and key investigators from each site developed a common coding scheme for the qualitative data. Analyses were directed at understanding, within specific ethnic and cultural context, the challenges and supporting factors for complying with the new WIC food package. Investigators also developed illustrative case studies.
Responses to the Changing WIC Package Among Small Food Store Retailers in the United States: A Mixed Methods Study
In 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture implemented changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food package. This paper explores the perceptions of owners and managers of small food stores about implementation successes and challenges related to the new WIC package. Findings from qualitative … More
Stocking Characteristics and Perceived Increases in Sales Among Small Food Store Managers/Owners Associated with the Introduction of New Food Products Approved by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
Implementation of the 2009 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food package has implications for WIC-authorized store managers/owners who had to modify their stock to meet the demands of their WIC customers and to maintain their WIC authorization. This paper examines perceived sales, product selection, and … More
The USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides critical nutrition assistance to lower-income women, infants, and young children. During the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment has risen to levels greater than experienced during the Great Recession, and food insecurity has also increased, making WIC’s role more important … More