Diet Quality Following Food Pantry Visit Differs by Ethnicity

Eliza Short, Lindsay N. Kohler, Douglas L Taren, Rhonda Gonzalez, Denise J. Roe, Melanie D Hingle

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Food insecurity is associated with poor diet quality and increased diet-related disease risk. Food pantry clients (n = 194) completed one 24-h dietary recall and the Healthy Eating Index-2015 was used to evaluate diet quality. Differences in diet quality relative to participants’ last food pantry visit and self-reported ethnicity were evaluated using two-way ANOVA. Food pantry visits within 1–4 days compared to ≥5 days were associated with higher diet quality in non-Hispanics (p= 0.01) but diet quality remained the same in Hispanics. Interventions to improve diet quality in food pantry users must consider potential ethnic differences when program planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
StateAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Diet quality
  • ethnicity
  • food assistance
  • food insecurity
  • healthy eating index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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