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"Food Desert" American Samoa: Assessing Food Desert at School Locations

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Title: "Food Desert" American Samoa: Assessing Food Desert at School Locations
Authors: Asifoa-Lagai, Molly
Keywords: American Samoa
food security
public schools
grocery stores
Issue Date: Jul 2012
Publisher: American Samoa Community College
Citation: Asifoa-Lagai M. 2012. "Food Desert" American Samoa: assessing food desert at school locations. Pago Pago, AS: American Samoa Community College. 21 pages
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to assess if food desert exist at school locations in American Samoa. A food desert is an area that lacks nutritional food. Most of the schools on island are public institutions and the majority of the children attend these schools. This study is about the existence of Food Desert at school locations in American Samoa. The GIS system was used to map all the schools on island and the nearby stores. The Food Checklist was used to survey 23 stores near public schools on the island of Tutuila. All the stores picked were in proximity with public schools. The criteria for market inclusion was that the store was in a public schools’ proximity or public school zone, or was found along common walking routes to schools. The results indicate that school locations in American Samoa are food deserts. Of the twenty-three markets that were assessed in this study, about 74% are visible from school grounds. About 57% did not stock any fruits or vegetables, of the 43% that stocked fruits and vegetables, only 20% scored 4 or above on quantity, quality, and variety
Sponsor: This work has been partially funded by Agricultural Development in the American Pacific project (ADAP)-NIFA Grant #2009-38826-19927. Financial support was also provided by a US Department of Agriculture Hatch grant, CRIS Accession No. 0212428, administered by the American Samoa Community College.
Pages/Duration: 21 pages
Appears in Collections:Food Security and Sufficiency Project

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