Maximize Impact, Minimize Resources: Locating Food Deserts and Increasing SNAP Spending on Fruits and Vegetables

  • Kelly Moore University of Florida
  • Bruce Waite Common Thread Alliance
  • David Dinkins University of Florida
  • Marilyn E. Swisher University of Florida
  • Alia Delong University of Florida
  • Tracy Johns University of Florida
Keywords: Food Insecurity, Food Systems, Food Deserts, Needs Assessments

Abstract

Many community organizations addressing aspects of food insecurity have not traditionally participated in food systems development and are often not familiar with the populations most affected by food insecurity. Needs assessments are commonly used to better understand community issues and target populations, but can they be lengthy processes that often require significant resources to facilitate. We present a case study of Duval County, Florida, in which we develop an assessment procedure for identifying food-insecure communities and determining the specific locations in which food-security programming has the greatest potential to increase local fruit and vegetable purchasing by SNAP households. This assessment draws on existing databases, thus reducing the resources required to conduct the analysis and allowing organizations to implement programming in a timely manner in areas where there is potential to see the greatest gains in reducing food insecurity.

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Author Biographies

Kelly Moore, University of Florida
School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida; P.O. Box 110310; Gainesville, Florida 32611-0310 USA; +1-352-273-3508.
Bruce Waite, Common Thread Alliance
Principal Investigator, Common Thread Alliance; 309 State Road 309; Melrose, Florida 32666 USA; +1-352-222-5644.
David Dinkins, University of Florida

Putnam County Extension Services, University of Florida; 111 Yelvington Road, Suite 1; East Palatka, Florida 32131 USA; +1-904-386-329-0318.

Marilyn E. Swisher, University of Florida
Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, University of Florida; P.O. Box 110310; Gainesville, Florida 32611-0310 USA; +1-352-273-3538.
Alia Delong, University of Florida
Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, University of Florida; P.O. Box 110310; Gainesville, Florida 32611-0310 USA; +1-352-273-3538.
Tracy Johns, University of Florida
Department of Political Science, University of Florida; P.O. Box 117325; Gainesville, Florida 32611-7325 USA; +1-352-392-0262.
Published
2015-12-15
How to Cite
Moore, K., Waite, B., Dinkins, D., Swisher, M. E., Delong, A., & Johns, T. (2015). Maximize Impact, Minimize Resources: Locating Food Deserts and Increasing SNAP Spending on Fruits and Vegetables. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 6(1), 131–146. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2015.061.012
Section
Open Call Papers