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
Federal food programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are the first line of defense against food insecurity in the United States. However, these benefits are often not sufficient to meet all of the food needs of … More
Assessing Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program families' online food purchasing behaviors to inform policies targeting expansion of SNAP benefits
Online grocery services may be a promising strategy to increase food access by creating systems that increase the self-reliance of communities to meet their food needs; however, there may be unintended consequences that should be considered. Despite the potential to increase healthier choices, individuals may purchase more soft drinks and … More