Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers in Pregnancy: Preliminary Impact on Diet & Food Security

Ronit A. Ridberg, Sanjana Marpadga, Melissa M. Akers, Janice F. Bell, Hilary K. Seligman

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Abstract

Pregnancy is a critical time period for supporting food security and maternal nutrition because of long-term potential impacts on the developing fetus. We conducted a pre-/post-analysis of pregnant WIC participants (n = 592) in San Francisco receiving $40/month of fruit and vegetable vouchers in addition to the standard WIC package. We compared pre-/post- changes to a comparison group of non-pregnant WIC participants (n = 108) receiving only the standard WIC package. We observed significant improvements in food security and mean daily frequency of total vegetables, combined fruits and vegetables, salad and non-fried potatoes (p < .05 for all comparisons).

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • dietary intake
  • Food insecurity
  • fruit and vegetable vouchers
  • pregnant women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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