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Nutrition and Hospitality Management
David H. Holben
Anne K. Bomba
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.
Inglis, Georgia, "Perceived Adult/Child Health and Diet by SNAP Usage and Food Security in a Rural, Appalachian Mississippi Community" (2021). Honors Theses. 1915.
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