Factors that affect eating behaviors among food pantry clients
They also identified several barriers to eating healthy, including:
- Financial uncertainty
- Cost of healthy food
- The need to ration food within the family
- Lack of time
- Lack of transportation
- Lack of adequate kitchen equipment
- Lack of nutrition knowledge and skills
- Lack of social support for eating healthy
“These issues along with findings from other studies with low-income populations need to be systematically addressed and incorporated into programs and nutrition education interventions for food pantry clients, and for that matter, individuals from low-income families,” Dave said. “Knowledge about the household’s food-related environment is essential for both the nutrition educators and families themselves. To help low-income families and their children improve their nutritional health one could examine the trigger events in people’s lives that cause them to start using food pantries. Understanding what leads some but not others to use food pantries would allow for appropriate programs and policies to be developed.”
Others who took part in the study include Deborah I. Thompson and Karen W. Cullen with Baylor and the CNRC and Ann Svendsen-Sanchez with the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston.
This project was supported through federal funds awarded by the National Cancer Institute, grant number 1R21CA150977-01/02. It was also funded, in part, by federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Agricultural Research Service under Cooperative Agreement no. 6250-51000-058.