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Food Insecurity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A Case Study of the Lawrenceville Farmers Market

Clauss, Elisabeth Sara (2021) Food Insecurity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A Case Study of the Lawrenceville Farmers Market. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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This essay is an evaluation of the Lawrenceville Farmers Market’s ability to impact food insecurity, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Food insecurity is a public health problem in the United States, with millions of people being food insecure. Food insecurity rates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are even higher than that of the national average. Many neighborhoods in Pittsburgh are considered food deserts, where it is difficult for residents to access healthy and affordable food. These issues have been exacerbated by COVID-19. The Lawrenceville Farmers Market, located in a food desert, has expanded its programming and altered its protocols during the pandemic. Using the Lawrenceville Farmers Market as a study site, this essay explores the public health significance of COVID-19 on food insecurity, food deserts, and how farmers markets have become an integral tool in food procurement throughout this pandemic. Best practices are identified, such as: implementing public health practices to keep the community safe, increasing diversity amongst vendors, and bringing in social services. Additionally, recommendations such as increasing community partnerships, offering an “ugly” produce program, improving the infrastructure of Arsenal Park, and expanding access to additional target populations are made to expand this essential part of the community.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Clauss, Elisabeth SaraESC44@pitt.eduESC44
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairVan Nostrand, Elizabethevannostrand@pitt.eduevannostrand
Committee MemberTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.edumaterry
Committee MemberDraper-Zivetz,
Date: 10 February 2021
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 11 December 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 50
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food Insecurity, COVID-19, Farmers Market, Lawrenceville, Public Health, Case Study, Pittsburgh, Pandemic
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2021 16:06
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 16:06


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