A Mixed-methods Study to Understand Food Environments and Grocery Shopping Patterns of Community Residents in Underserved Neighborhoods in Tampa, Florida.

Research paper by Heewon L HL Gray, Jessica H JH Berumen, Sharonda M SM Lovett, David D Himmelgreen, Dipayan D Biswas, Joe J Bohn, Caitlyn C Peacock, Acadia W AW Buro

Indexed on: 30 Dec '20Published on: 29 Dec '20Published in: Ecology of food and nutrition


A mixed methods study was conducted to better understand food access, food retail store environment, and perspectives of community residents on their grocery store shopping patterns and access to healthy foods in underserved, predominantly African American neighborhoods. GIS mapping, grocery store observations (n = 4), a food access and grocery store environment survey (n = 126), and focus groups (n = 48) were used. The results indicate that these neighborhoods have a low density of grocery stores, and only two out of four grocery stores meet the standard for a healthy retail store. Barriers to getting healthy foods and solutions to improve food access are discussed.