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)
Pages (from-to)69-84
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • 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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