In the United States 45 percent of children under 18 – 32.4 million – live in low-income families.
Sarah Bowen is an Associate Professor of Sociology at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on food and inequality in a variety of contexts. She is director of Voices into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project. Voices into Action is a longitudinal (2011-2016) research and participatory outreach project that follows 124 working-class and poor families in North Carolina over a five-year period. The interdisciplinary team has conducted multiple semi-structured interviews, 24-hour food recalls, and ethnographic observations with mothers in these families, in order to better understand the complex social and cultural factors that influence families’ beliefs and practices related to food. These team has also organized asset-mapping workshops, facilitated community-based action groups, and funded mini-grants to facilitate policy and environmental changes to improve access to healthy and affordable food.