The perceived influence of cost-offset community-supported agriculture on food access among low-income families.

Auteur(s) :
Mcguirt JT., Ammerman AS., Kolodinsky J., Seguin RA., Morgan EH., Jilcott Pitts SB., Hanson KL., Sitaker M., Wang W., White MJ.
Date :
Juil, 2018
Source(s) :
Public health nutrition. # p1-9
Adresse :
1Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine,Department of Pediatrics,School of Medicine,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,231 MacNider,CB#7225,Chapel Hill,NC 27599-7225,USA.

Sommaire de l'article

To examine perspectives on food access among low-income families participating in a cost-offset community-supported agriculture (CO-CSA) programme.

Farm Fresh Foods for Healthy Kids (F3HK) is a multicentre randomized intervention trial assessing the effect of CO-CSA on dietary intake and quality among children from low-income families. Focus groups were conducted at the end of the first CO-CSA season. Participants were interviewed about programme experiences, framed by five dimensions of food access: availability, accessibility, affordability, acceptability and accommodation. Transcribed data were coded on these dimensions plus emergent themes.

Nine communities in the US states of New York, North Carolina, Washington and Vermont.

Fifty-three F3HK adults with children.

CSA models were structured by partner farms. Produce quantity was abundant; however, availability was enhanced for participants who were able to select their own produce items. Flexible CSA pick-up times and locations made produce pick-up more accessible. Despite being affordable to most, payment timing was a barrier for some. Unfamiliar foods and quick spoilage hindered acceptability through challenging meal planning, despite accommodations that included preparation advice.

Although CO-CSA may facilitate increased access to fruits and vegetables for low-income families, perceptions of positive diet change may be limited by the ability to incorporate share pick-up into regular travel patterns and meal planning. Food waste concerns may be particularly acute for families with constrained resources. Future research should examine whether CO-CSA with flexible logistics and produce self-selection are sustainable for low-income families and CSA farms.

Source : Pubmed