Grocery Purchase Changes Were Associated With A North Carolina COVID-19 Food Assistance Incentive Program (peer-reviewed)

Many low-income Americans experience food insecurity, which may have been exacerbated by economic instability during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. In this study we assessed the impact of Healthy Helping, a short-term fruit and vegetable incentive program aimed at alleviating food insecurity and improving diet quality for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants, on grocery purchases, using transaction data from a large supermarket chain in North Carolina. We compared Healthy Helping participants’ purchases of key food groups before and during the program with purchases by control shoppers participating in federal food assistance programs during the same period.

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