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Online and In-Store Grocery Shopping Behaviors Among Low-income Households

The SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot allows SNAP participants to use their benefits to purchase groceries online. A recently published study examined online food purchasing behaviors of SNAP-eligible households in Maryland.

Most SNAP-eligible shoppers in the study reported ordering groceries online at least once, but bought fewer healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables, online than in physical stores. Families discussed mistrust of online hired shoppers as one of the reasons to avoid ordering fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood items online.
Check out our Q&A with lead author Dr. Angela Trude as well as the infographic her team developed with key findings from the study. 
Food Labeling Work Group

Healthy Eating Research is excited to share the launch of a new Food Labeling Work Group. This work group is an interdisciplinary team of researchers, legal scholars, and advocates working on food labeling related issues and who are committed to improving the health of children and their families through improved research, evaluation, and dissemination of food labeling strategies.
The Work Group is chaired by Christina Roberto, PhD and Marissa Hall, PhD and is open to all with an interest in food labeling policies, regulations, and strategies. If you are interested in joining this new work group, please contact the work group fellow (Ana Paula Richter,
Our Latest Research
Sweetened Beverage Taxes: Economic Benefits and Costs According to Household Income
This study examined the economic burden and benefits of SSB taxes, contrasting people with lower incomes and those with higher incomes. It found that the lowest-income households paid a larger proportion of household income on the tax; however, the dollar amount of revenue allocations targeted towards people with lower incomes exceeded the amount of tax collected from this income group. Learn more.

Child-Directed Marketing, Health Claims, and Nutrients in Popular Beverages
This study describes the associations between front-of-package child-directed marketing and health-related claims and nutrient content of fruit drinks, 100% juices, and flavored waters. Learn more.
Nutrition-Related Claims Lead Parents to Choose Less Healthy Drinks for Young Children
An experiment in a virtual convenience store found that nutrition-related claims led parents to choose less healthy beverages for their children and misled them about the healthfulness of fruit drinks. Learn more.
Food Marketing Practices of Major U.S. Online Grocery Retailers
In this study, researchers developed and applied a coding instrument to describe food marketing and the nutritional quality of marketed products in online grocery stores. They found that online grocery retailers used a variety of customizable food marketing strategies on their websites, and that most marketed products were of poor nutritional quality. Learn more.
Nutrition Standards for the Charitable Food System: Challenges and Opportunities
In 2019, HER convened a panel of nutrition, charitable food system and food policy experts to create a set of evidence-based nutrition standards for food banks. This paper outlines the expert panel's approach and summarizes the barriers and opportunities for implementing these standards across the charitable food system. Learn more.
Insights from Washington State's WIC COVID-19 Response
This study assessed the reach and effectiveness of programmatic changes instituted by Washington State’s WIC during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff and participants were highly satisfied with remote services, and both desire a continued hybrid model of remote and in-person WIC appointments. Learn more.
Upcoming Events
Healthy Kids, Healthy Future: Advancing Equity in Early Childhood
Through four webinars, this series from Healthy Eating Research and Nemours will explore how to leverage early care and education settings to achieve equitable health outcomes. Speakers will share policy recommendations, highlight the latest research, explore the role of philanthropy, and share best practices and innovations for setting children on a healthy trajectory through nutrition support and obesity prevention. The second webinar will take place on June 15. Register for all four sessions here.
HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series
Are you a student (or do you know a student) interested in nutrition policy and research? Join us for the third annual HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series for Students! This series will feature weekly webinars with speakers across several public health sectors to expose participants to a range of topics related to food and nutrition security, federal nutrition assistance programs, COVID-19 implications, and nutrition equity. This is a great opportunity to learn from and network with experts in public health. Registration is open to all students.
HER Virtual Annual Meeting Session Recordings
Our virtual annual grantee meeting in April brought together grantees and partners for grantee research presentations and plenary sessions on Adopting an Equity Lens at Every Stage of the Research Process, Food and Addiction, and Policy Updates and Insights from USDA. Session recordings are now available on HER’s YouTube Channel and virtual posters can be viewed here
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