When families with low food security are looking for food to buy, price is a major factor in the decision, foods that are nutrient dense, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low or nonfat milk and lean meats cost much more per calorie than energy dense ones, like sugary snake foods, packaged and frozen food, and candies. They will also look for things with a much longer shelf life, in order to make sure that things don’t go to waste if not used immediately, so things like fresh vegetables go unpurchased, while things like canned fruit in syrup and sugary granola bars are purchased instead, leading to a lack of nutrients in low income family diets.
In order to help remedy this, fruits and vegetables should not only be available to families in need through food pantries, but also how to easily cook and use the vegetables should be shown to the families so that they use them in a timely manner. According to Nackers (2013), this will help to get healthier, more nutritious diets to families in poverty, but it will also help to possibly help to reverse the current rising trend of childhood obesity.
Another problem that some families in poverty may have is the difficulty of getting food back to the house, if the family does not have a car and must take something like a bus, the problem with taking bus is that there tend to be rules about the number of bags you can have, and that you can’t block the aisle or another seat with them, which can mean that even if a person can get to a food pantry, they still may not be able to bring back very much, meaning they may still only buy things that fit into the energy dense food in order to stretch the supplies for a longer time.