Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
This dissertation examined the dimensions of food access and its effects on food selection for individuals enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); low-income senior citizens; and recipients of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefit. This study investigated the use of the Link Up Illinois Double Value SNAP Nutrition Incentives Program (DVCP), a coupon with which recipients can receive twice as much fresh produce when redeemed at a farmers market. In addition, this study measured the organizational scope of administering the Double Value Coupon Program in the 12th Congressional District of Illinois. This information allows for the development of appropriate location-specific intervention strategies to increase the use of the Link Up Illinois Double Value SNAP Nutrition Incentives Program and, consequently, the findings can lend themselves to strategies that improve upon consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables among low-income seniors, SNAP recipients, and WIC recipients.
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