Research & Practice

Accessibility to WIC-Authorized Ethnic Food Stores in Washington State: Implications for Serving the Needs of Immigrant WIC-Eligible Populations

The Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is one of the federal nutrition assistance programs that safeguards food security among immigrant and refugee families. At least 20% of WIC participants in Washington state are of immigrant and refugee backgrounds, but the accessibility to culturally preferred foods through WIC-authorized stores is unknown. Utilizing data from the Washington WIC shopper app and American Community Survey 2017-2021, the distribution and distance of WIC-authorized ethnic/non-ethnic stores in Washington state are analyzed in relation to the location of immigrant WIC-eligible populations.

Project Type(s): Master's Thesis

Author(s): Kana Ogaki

Program(s): Master of Public Health, RDN Training

Year: 2024