Utilizing Mobile Farm Stands to Increase Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Rural Maine
Methodology: In order to increase access, the Division of Population Health, Maine CDC, worked with a statewide food distribution center (Good Shepherd Food Bank), the Maine Federation of Farmer’s Markets, community partners such as Federally Qualified Health Centers, and community coalitions to develop and implement Mobile Farmstands (MFS). Mobile Farmstands provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables to remote areas while maintaining the ‘merchant and customer’ interaction of a traditional farmer’s market model. An important feature of the MFS pilot was the subsidized price of food and customers’ ability to make purchases using cash, credit, or EBT cards.
Results: The current study examined the efficacy of a MFS pilot with potential implementation state-wide forthcoming. Structured one-on-one interviews were conducted with customers and partners from the host site and implementing agency; survey data were also collected from customers. We will discuss the facilitators and barriers of the MFS implementation as well as lessons learned for future implementation of the MFS statewide and in other states.
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Describe three components of the Mobile Farmstand implementation Identify three factors which contributed to successful implementation of the Mobile Farmstand Identify three strategies for overcoming barriers hindering individuals’ use of the Mobile Farmstand
Keyword(s): Evaluation, Nutrition
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the founder and Executive Director of Partnerships For Health and a trained clinical psychologist with expertise in qualitative research. I have taken the lead positions in various evaluation projects at a state and local level. I am a qualitative researcher with expertise in developmental evaluation, community based participatory research, and the use of innovative approaches such as Photovoice. Partnerships For Health is the lead independent evaluator for the HRSA-funded CHANNELS Grant.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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