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Title

Perceptions and measurements of access to fresh fruits and vegetables for a low-income neighborhood

Department

School of Public, Nonprofit & Health Administration

College

College of Community and Public Service

Disciplines

Business

Abstract

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market was conceived as a food hub that would incorporate increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables for local low-income residents. Since its opening in 2013 it has carried out a number of initiatives to provide increased access to fresh produce. In order to understand the impact the market is having on local residents, a study is underway of how the market is affecting objective and perceived access to fruits and vegetables. The study has three prongs. Perception is being measured through a survey of community residents in community settings. Access is being measured by the availability, pricing and quality of fresh fruits and vegetables in stores near the market, as well as the availability of fruit or vegetable restaurant options. Initial results show that while access to fresh fruits and vegetables is low, many residents are satisfied with their availability, but less so with the price or quality. Discussion will include the gap between perception and objectively measured access and what this may mean for interventions. The potential impact of community meal programs on resident perceptions will also be explored. NOTE: This abstract is part of a panel presentation.

Conference Name

ASFS/AFHVS Annual Conference

Conference Location

Burlington, VT

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