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ERIC Number: EJ1188543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2155-5834
Associations between Neighborhoods and Summer Meals Sites: Measuring Access to Federal Summer Meals Programs
Wilkerson, Rachel L.; Khalfe, Durwesh; Krey, Kathy
Journal of Applied Research on Children, v6 n2 Article 9 2015
While the challenge of access to healthy food features prominently in the literature, access to federal nutrition programs, specifically USDA's Summer Meals Program, is relatively undocumented. Participation in the program depends on a number of complex variables, including site availability, neighborhood dynamics, and community investment. The purpose of this study is to determine neighborhood indicators that correlate with the coverage and density of summer meals sites in Texas. Attributes of the community and the number of meal sites were collected at the census tract level, and paired t-tests revealed the statistical significance of differences between tracts with and without meal sites. We also implemented a regression model to predict the number of sites within a tract as a function of neighborhood variables. Urban areas have the greatest access to summer meals sites, while access is limited in suburban and rural areas. In general, method of transportation proved significant. We find that the site coverage and density in areas of different urbanicity depends on the availability of transportation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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