Food Preferences and Coping Strategies among Diabetic and Nondiabetic Households Served by US Food Pantries

Eric M. Bomberg, John Neuhaus, Monica M. Hake, Emily M. Engelhard, Hilary K. Seligman

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Limited access to healthy food caused by food insecurity makes diabetes mellitus (DM) self-management more challenging. Using data from Hunger in America 2014 (n = 60,122 US food pantry users), we sought to understand food preferences and coping strategy utilization (e.g., choosing between paying for food and medical care) among households seeking assistance from US food pantries with and without DM members. The prevalence of wanting and not obtaining fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein was high among all households. After adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics, households with DM members were more likely to want and not obtain fruits, vegetables, and dairy, and were also more likely to use several coping strategies to increase food access, compared to households without DM members. These results highlight the high demand for healthy food items among clients from US food pantries, particularly among households with DM, as well as the extra burden DM may place on food insecure households.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-17
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 4 2019

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Funding Information:
The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Numbers 2T32DK007161-42, 2T32DK007418-36A1, and P30DK092924.

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  • Food insecurity
  • coping strategies
  • diabetes mellitus
  • food pantries


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