Food Inventories Document Behavior Change in Hispanic Women

Susan Algert, the Nutrition Family and Consumer Science Advisor for Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco Counties (recently retired), published this article in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Volume 10, Issue 2, 2015: Food Inventories Document Behavior Change in Hispanic Women Participating in SNAP Nutrition Education Classes: A Pilot Study.

The objective of this mixed methods study was to measure changes in the home food environment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-eligible Hispanic families participating in a series of nutrition education and resource management classes. This small pilot project conducted before and after inventories and ethnographic interviews with 5 families to measure success of the classes in improving the quality and quantity of foods at home.

Families improved food security by making the following behavior changes to stretch their food dollars: planning menus, using leftovers, using shopping lists, and shopping less often. Participants used savings to purchase additional healthy food including whole wheat bread and fruit.

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