A mixed methods assessment of the barriers and readiness for meeting the SNAP depth of stock requirements in Baltimore’s small food stores

Alexandra Ross, Nandita Krishnan, Cara Ruggiero, Deanna Kerrigan, Joel Gittelsohn

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We sought to understand Baltimore corner store owners’ awareness of and readiness for the then-approved Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program depth of stock requirements and assess potential barriers and solutions. In-depth interviews and stocking observations were conducted in 17 corner stores in low-income food deserts of Baltimore City. Corner store owners conveyed little to no awareness of the pending depth of stock changes. Only two stores were currently ready for the requirements. Low customer demand, high amounts of potential spoilage, and unfair pricing at the wholesaler were identified by store owners as barriers to stocking required foods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
StateAccepted/In press - Dec 29 2017



  • Corner stores
  • food assistance
  • food deserts
  • mixed methods
  • urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Ecology

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