Qualitative assessment of participant utilization and satisfaction with the seattle senior farmers’ market nutrition pilot program.
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Prev Chronic Dis. 2004 Jan;1(1):A06. Epub 2003 Dec 15. Related Articles, Links
Smith LT, Johnson DB, Beaudoin S, Monsen ER, LoGerfo JP.
INTRODUCTION: The Seattle Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Pilot Program delivered fresh fruits and vegetables to homebound seniors in King County, Washington, from June through October 2001. A primary objective of the program was to increase participants’ intake of fruits and vegetables. A qualitative study was conducted to examine the impact of the program on participating homebound seniors. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were performed with 27 participants in their homes to identify benefits and barriers they encountered and to measure their use and sense of satisfaction with the program. RESULTS: Analysis of the transcribed interviews revealed several common themes: Participants appreciated the variety and quality of the fresh fruits and vegetables. Some participants would not have had access to fresh fruits and vegetables without the program. Home-delivered baskets of fresh fruits and vegetables brought participants joy, stimulated interest in healthy foods, and improved quality of life. The program newsletter supported consumption of fresh produce. CONCLUSION: Program success was rooted in the multiple ways the program addressed potential barriers and reinforced behavioral intent.