Food security issues for low-income Hawaii residents

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Show simple item record Hsu, L. J. Y. Johnson, C. B. Jokura, Y. Rider, M. Maddock, J. E. Heinrich, Katie M. 2013-02-06T17:48:00Z 2013-02-06T17:48:00Z 2013-02-06
dc.description.abstract Background: Support provided by the US Food Stamp Program (FSP) is intended to promote health. The objective of this qualitative study was to examine food security for low-income Hawaii residents. Methods: A sample of low-income Hawaii residents (n = 86) were recruited to participate in a series of focus group discussions. Most participants were female (73.5%), Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (61.6%), ages 18-39 (62.7%), high school educated (80.5%), low-income (50.6% < $10,000), used food stamps (73.5%), and had 4.07 ± 2.89 persons per household. At 2 hour focus groups, participants received a healthy meal and a monetary incentive. Audio recordings were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using NVivo. Results: Over 50% indicated FSP assistance was not enough. When this happened, most participants had alternatives including food banks, churches, friends and family members. Shopping strategies included budgeting, buying in bulk, or smarter shopping practices. Several participants were concerned about high living costs. Conclusions: Food insecurity should be addressed for FSP participants in Hawaii, with many residents not being able to meet nutritional and economic needs on their own. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.subject Focus groups en_US
dc.subject Food insecurity en_US
dc.subject Food stamp program en_US
dc.subject Hawaii en_US
dc.subject Low-income en_US
dc.subject Nutrition en_US
dc.title Food security issues for low-income Hawaii residents en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US 2008 en_US
dc.citation.epage 69 en_US
dc.citation.issue Supplement en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health en_US
dc.citation.spage 64 en_US
dc.citation.volume 20 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid kmhphd en_US

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