A Food Hub to Address Healthy Food Access Gaps: Residents' Preferences
Keywords:Food Hub, Food Access, Food Desert, Urban, Poverty, Consumer Demographics, Consumer Preferences, Food Environment
Interventions aimed at improving access to healthy food in low-income communities should consider the preferences of residents. Household food shoppers in two urban, low-income communities were asked about their preferences for vendors at, and qualities of, a potential nearby food hub. Universally, participants preferred availability of whole foods, primarily fruits and vegetables. They also favored cleanliness, quality, and affordability. The demographics and preferences of potential customers raise central issues that would need to be integrated into the development of a food hub, namely affordability (likely through subsidization), attention to accommodation and cultural accessibility, and programming that builds community.
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