Meal patterns of low-income adults participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in Georgia
Lewis, Markita Michelle
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Cultural competency is important in development and implementation of nutrition education curriculum; however, attention to unique foodways has not been carefully considered in developing curriculum targeted to low-income Georgians. Georgians are exposed to the regional foodways of the U.S. South and may have unique nutrition education needs. This study identified meal patterns of low-income adults participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Food Talk program in Georgia with a focus on adherence to southern meal patterns and preparation methods. There were 332 participants included in the analytic sample (mean age: 56.6 ± 20.6, 81.7% female, 72.5% African American, 34.0% SNAP participation). Southern meal patterns made up about a third of breakfasts and a quarter of dinners consumed upon enrollment and exit of the Food Talk program. This exploratory study may serve as a reference for the development of culturally appropriate nutrition education curriculum for SNAP-Ed participants in Georgia.