Honors Theses

Date of Award

Summer 5-1-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Nutrition and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

David H. Holben

Second Advisor

Caroline Wigginton

Third Advisor

Anne K. Bomba

Relational Format



This study examined if there were differences in perceived adult health score, perceived adult diet score, parent-perceived child health score, and parent-perceived child diet score by SNAP usage and food security in a rural, Appalachian Mississippi community. Adults (n=1084) with elementary school- aged children were surveyed in a rural, Appalachian Mississippi school district. Demographic, household adult food security (USDA 10-item measure), and perceived health and dietary data were collected. Using IBM SPSS version 24, demographic statistics were calculated to summarize data. Independent samples t-test and one-way ANOVA with Tukey post-hoc test was utilized to assess for differences between groups. P.05) between SNAP and non-SNAP users. However, perceived adult health (p=.004) and parent-perceived child diet (p=.014) scores were lower for food insecure SNAP users, compared to food secure non-SNAP users. Perceived adult health and parent- perceived child diet scores are lower in food insecure SNAP users, compared to food secure non-SNAP users in a rural Appalachian Mississippi community. Exploring interventions collaboratively with community members to improve food security is warranted.

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