Disparate access to nutritional food; place, race and equity in the United States Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • BACKGROUND: Prior research has demonstrated minority communities have fewer options to access healthy foods when compared to their majority counterparts. While much focus has been placed upon community-level resources, little research has been placed on the efforts that minority groups need to undergo to reach well-stocked stores to purchase healthy food options. METHODS: As part of the Water, Energy, Food Nexus Research Group at Texas A&M University, a nationally representative survey (nā€‰=ā€‰1612) was conducted to acquire self-reported distance, time, and motives that certain populations must travel to purchase food for themselves and their families. RESULTS: Findings suggest that minority populations consider saving money, driving less, having a better selection of foods, and have the ability to buy organic foods as an important factor when choosing where to buy foods. Further, minority populations across the nation need to drive a significantly greater (pā€‰<ā€‰0.05) amount of time to reach their destinations than white populations. CONCLUSION: This underscores the importance, and scope of the issues, of promoting and implementing more equitably distributed opportunities to purchase healthy food options throughout the United States.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sansom, G., & Hannibal, B.

publication date

  • January 1, 2021 11:11 AM