Barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among farmers' market incentive programme users in Illinois, USA

Chelsea R. Singleton, Sydney Fouché, Rucha Deshpande, Angela Odoms-Young, Corey Chatman, Connie Spreen

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Objective Previous research indicates that low-income individuals often struggle to consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables (F&V). LINK Up Illinois is a farmers' market incentive programme that aims to increase F&V consumption among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients by improving access to and affordability of locally grown foods. The present research aimed to identify barriers to F&V consumption that exist among users of the LINK Up Illinois programme.Design Cross-sectional.Setting Farmers' markets in Chicago, Springfield, Northbrook, Woodstock, Aurora and Urbana, IL.Subjects In 2016, a volunteer sample of 140 LINK Up Illinois users (mean age 42·5 years; 81·7 % female; 28·7 % African American; 44·0 % obese) completed a survey at participating farmers' markets across the state. Information on demographics, food shopping behaviours, programme satisfaction, barriers to F&V consumption and frequency of F&V consumption was collected and examined.Results Approximately 23 % of survey participants reported consuming F&V ≥3 times/d. The barriers to F&V consumption most often reported by survey participants were the cost of F&V (29·5 %), spoilage (18·6 %), knowing how to cook F&V (8·7 %) and not thinking about F&V when hungry (8·6 %). Results from multivariable-adjusted logistic regression models suggested that reporting one or more barriers was associated with reduced odds of consuming vegetables ≥3 times/d, but not fruits.Conclusions Cost, spoilage and knowledge of cooking are key barriers to F&V consumption that exist among LINK Up Illinois users. Strategies are needed to mitigate these barriers and increase F&V consumption in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1345-1349
Number of pages5
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Barriers
  • Farmers' markets
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Incentives
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among farmers' market incentive programme users in Illinois, USA. / Singleton, Chelsea R.; Fouché, Sydney; Deshpande, Rucha; Odoms-Young, Angela; Chatman, Corey; Spreen, Connie.

In: Public Health Nutrition, Vol. 21, No. 7, 01.05.2018, p. 1345-1349.

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Singleton, Chelsea R. ; Fouché, Sydney ; Deshpande, Rucha ; Odoms-Young, Angela ; Chatman, Corey ; Spreen, Connie. / Barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among farmers' market incentive programme users in Illinois, USA. In: Public Health Nutrition. 2018 ; Vol. 21, No. 7. pp. 1345-1349.
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