Graduation Year


Document Type

Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Science

Primary Major

Global Public Health

Thesis Advisor

Micheala George, PhD, MPH


This research addresses disparities in food decision-making among households in Marin City by examining their food spending habits after covering essential bills. Understanding how these households allocate resources for food is crucial for developing targeted interventions to improve food security and health outcomes. Utilizing qualitative methods, semi-structured interviews, this study explores the spending patterns and decision-making processes related to food expenditures among households in Marin City. The sampling method ensures consideration of different economic levels and grocery strategies. Recruitment involves collaboration with community organizations and social service agencies such as Marin City Community Center. The study focuses on residents of Marin City, specifically targeting low-income households with a poverty rate of 8.9%. Thematic analysis of interview data will reveal insights into the impact of food spending on nutritional habits and overall well-being. Preliminary analysis reveals that food decision making is primarily done by the female head of the household. Further thematic analysis will uncover additional patterns in the data. In conclusion, this study seeks to deepen our understanding of food access disparities and spending behaviors among households in Marin City. By illuminating these insights, it aims to inform targeted interventions and policies aimed at addressing food insecurity and fostering better health outcomes in this community.

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