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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Nutrition, Food Science, and Hospitality

First Advisor

Helen Chipman


Focus group research was conducted to explore the food related needs of South Dakota families with limited resources. Sixty-five male and female parents of children less than 18 years of age participated in one of eight focus group discussions. Participants were distinguished by age (< 20 years, 20 years and over) and geographical location (urban ≥ 100,000 people, suburban < 100,000 people, rural community, reservation community). Findings showed that families lacked food and financial resources plus time for food preparation; some parents lacked cooking skills; and parents were interested in ideas on how to stretch their food dollars. Most parents were savvy shoppers and all were influenced in their purchasing by food costs and family food preferences. They were interested in nutrition and aware of health conditions related to diet. Both teen and adult parents valued family mealtime. Food insecurity was apparent in 75% of the households, according to ''The Radimer/Cornell Measures of Hunger and Food Insecurity." Partial funding for this research project came from a United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Cooperative Agreement for a Nutrition Support Network.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Low-income consumers -- South Dakota -- Nutrition
Nutrition -- Economic aspects -- South Dakota
Food consumption -- South Dakota




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