Feasibility of Using a Community-Supported Agriculture Program to Increase Access to and Intake of Vegetables among Federally Qualified Health Center Patients

Betty T. Izumi, Cesar E. Higgins, Andrea Baron, Sylvia J. Ness, Bryan Allan, Elizabeth T. Barth, Teresa M. Smith, Katy Pranian, Brian Frank

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Abstract

Objective: This study explored the feasibility of using a 23-week subsidized community-supported agriculture program to increase access to and intake of vegetables among Federally Qualified Health Center patients. Methods: Outcomes were measured using pre-post intervention surveys (n = 9). Process data were collected in post-intervention surveys and focus groups (n = 15). Results: Most participants (77%) indicated that the program improved their health and all (100%) reported that they were eating a greater variety of vegetables because of their participation in the program. Three themes emerged from the focus groups: increased access to fresh and/or organic vegetables, improved diet quality, and the importance of social support during the program. Conclusions and Implications: Linking subsided community-supported agriculture programs with Federally Qualified Health Centers has the potential to increase access to and intake of vegetables among low-income patients. However, further research is needed with a larger sample size and a more robust study design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-296.e1
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2018

Keywords

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • community
  • community-supported agriculture
  • diet
  • fruit
  • health behavior
  • vegetable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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