Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Social Work

Degree Level



School of Social Work


Ferguson, Alishia

Committee Member/Reader

Friedrich, Heather

Committee Member/Second Reader

Murphy-Erby, Yvette

Committee Member/Third Reader

Engen, Mindy


As health concerns for the nation increase, access to fresh and healthy produce is a simple and essential solution to the extreme levels of obesity currently being experienced. Arkansas currently has the highest rate of childhood obesity and severely high levels of food insecurity. This study investigates the efforts made by policymakers to increase access to local and fresh produce through the use of SNAP incentive programs at local farmers markets. Vendor opinions are taken into account at farmers markets in the Northwest Arkansas area to decipher the program effectiveness thus far. The implications of this study will further the development of an overall examination of the program as it progresses and grows in this area, and will produce a background on potential strengths and weaknesses.

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