Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Summer 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Jill Litt

Second Advisor

Dr. Veronica House

Third Advisor

Dale Miller

Abstract

Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) is an incentive program that encourages Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to consume more fruits and vegetables by matching SNAP benefits spent on fruits and vegetables up to a certain amount of money to be used on fresh food sold at DUFB markets. LiveWell Colorado, the non-profit organization that oversees DUFB in Colorado, developed a Community Food Advocate (CFA) project that recruited local advocates to conduct outreach in their communities, with the goal of increasing participation in DUFB. Exit interviews were conducted with all advocates at the conclusion of the 2017 pilot season of the CFA project. Results of the exit interviews (n=8) suggest that the pilot season for the CFA project was largely a success, as advocates perceived positive outcomes in their outreach activities, partnered with community organizations and intuitions to augment outreach capacity, and identified barriers to participation in DUFB that can be addressed in subsequent iteration of the CFA project. Our analysis indicates that advocates can maximize participation in DUFB by further bridging the gap between the policy environment and individual processes of decision making and behavior change and leveraging institutional networks to further extend the reach of DUFB into Colorado communities.

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