Food Purchasing Attitudes and Practices in a Low-income, Multi-racial Neighborhood
Kalamazoo, Michigan has a complex physical, geographical and political food landscape set in the context of a nationwide food system and a blossoming local food movement. This is a study of the food system as it is expressed in a low-income, multi-racial neighborhood within the city (the 49007 zip code), and the complex ecological factors that shape the food purchasing experiences of community members there. This study first reviews literature about the ecosystem that shapes the food purchasing experiences of low-income community members. Next, using community-based participatory research (CBPR), this study intends to answer the question: what are the social and economic purchasing factors of a low-income, multi-racial neighborhood? This project is in partnership with the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department and the Park Street Market in order to use the lived experiences of community members to inform any future projects or initiatives that could improve community health through food purchasing. Keywords: 17ood Purchasing, Food Security, Food Ecology
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