Evaluating the impact of WIC voucher changes on low-income families and neighborhoods

The Foundation's program, Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity, was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess environmental and policy influences with the greatest potential to improve healthy eating and weight patterns among the nation's children.Pending changes in WIC voucher provisions for a wide range of healthy foods will impact WIC participants across the U.S. and the food environments and retail food outlets in their neighborhoods. In December 2008, investigators began conducting baseline research on the food choices that WIC participants made, the availability of healthy foods in corner stores and supermarkets, and the likely challenges facing small store owners/managers when the voucher changes take effect. In this study, investigators will repeat the survey of food stores after the voucher changes take effect to assess their impact on the availability of fruits and vegetables, whole-grain foods, and other foods included in the new WIC package. Research methods will include surveys of food stores and semi-structured interviews and focus groups with store managers and owners.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $149,998.00

Awarded on: 9/21/2009

Time frame: 11/1/2009 - 10/31/2010

Grant Number: 66953


University of Pennsylvania School of Design

210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, 19104-6311


Amy Hillier
Project Director


Jacqueline McLaughlin
Project Director