The purposes of this project are to: 1) understand the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of the Minimum Stocking Levels and Marketing Strategies of Healthful Foods for Small Retail Food Stores recommendations developed in 2015 among stores most likely to face challenges (rural and urban, dollar and family-owned stores), and 2) obtain a baseline measure of level of store compliance among a sample of stores across four sites. Store manager interviews and quantitative baseline guideline compliance checks will be undertaken in 60 small retail food stores–15 stores each in Minnesota, the Mid-Atlantic region (i.e., Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania), Arizona, and North Carolina. These stores will be convenience sampled from census tracts with greater than 51 percent low- to moderate-income designations. Guideline requirements will be listed on a checklist whereby researchers will determine 1) if current inventory is already compliant with guidelines, and 2) if inventory does not meet guidelines, what specifically is absent. Interviews will be conducted with store owner/managers to determine which guidelines are anticipated to be most challenging for stores to implement and their motivations for participation. Findings will garner needed practical understanding for how best to refine, tailor, and design programmatic efforts to effectively release small store standards nationally such that they are most likely to achieve implementation.
Understanding the Feasibility of Implementing the Recommendations for Minimum Stocking Levels and Marketing Strategies for Small Retail Food Stores
This study builds on the recommendations for healthy minimum stocking developed by an expert panel convened by Healthy Eating Research in 2015. It tests the feasibility of the standards and provides practical insight from retailers about implementation. Researchers collected qualitative and quantitative data from 57 small stores in four states … More
The Academic, Behavioral, and Health Influence of Summer Child Nutrition Programs: A Narrative Review and Proposed Research and Policy Agenda
Since 1975, the US Department of Agriculture has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program as a nationwide strategy for providing nutritious meals to children and youth (aged 18 years or younger) in low-income communities during the summer months. Many programs are sponsored by community organizations as well as school districts … 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