Research Brief| Volume 53, ISSUE 10, P886-890, October 2021

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Food Shopping Frequency of Rural Tennessee Adults With Comparisons by Federal Nutrition Assistance Participation



      To describe food shopping frequency across 7 store types in a rural context and compare food shopping frequency between federal nutrition assistance recipients and nonrecipients.


      This cross-sectional study was conducted at county fairs in rural Tennessee.


      Reported overall mean food shopping frequency was 18.4 (SD, 13.9) times in the past 30 days. A mean of 3.1 (SD, 1.2) store types were visited, with supermarkets, convenience stores, and dollar stores the most frequented stores. Federal nutrition assistance program recipients shopped significantly less frequently than nonrecipients for overall shopping frequency (P = 0.02), supermarkets (P = 0.02), and farmers’ markets (P = 0.04).

      Conclusions and Implications

      Educating and counseling individuals on how food shopping frequency may promote nutrition and health may be important. Federal nutrition assistance programs that distribute benefits monthly may impact food shopping frequency.

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