This paper explores the rationale behind small store interventions by pulling together various studies in health, planning, and marketing literature and pilot work conducted in New Orleans. The authors discuss store and food availability in lower-income neighborhoods and how changing the foods available in stores can affect purchasing behavior, diet and the economics of local small food stores. Initiatives in New Orleans and elsewhere have demonstrated success with improving healthy food availability. However, the efforts to encourage small store operators to offer healthier foods may depend on the profitability of such changes.
Published: June 2010
ID #: 65048
Journal: J Nutr
Authors: Bodor JN, Ulmer VM, Dunaway LF, Farley TA, Rose D
Analyzing the Financial Impact of Selling Healthy Versus Unhealthy Foods on a Small Store in a Low-Income NeighborhoodTo better understand how to improve healthy food access in low-income neighborhoods, the aim of this study is to examine financial incentives around selling specific types of food. Specifically, this research will: (a) analyze the financial benefits of selling healthy and unhealthy food items from the perspective of a small food store business in a More