Study on New Hampshire Parents’ Food Decisions

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About the Project

About the Researchers

Jessica Carson, research assistant with the Carsey School of Public Policy.

Jess Carson is a research assistant professor at the Carsey School who studies the ways that families make ends meet, and how policies and programs can make that easier. She is a data person, a mom of two little kids, and has lived in New Hampshire every minute of her life.


A headshot of Sarah Boege of the Carsey School of Public Policy

Sarah Boege is a policy analyst who studies how policy can improve equity in everything from food to finance. She hails from Arizona and has lived in various places, including abroad in Guatemala, and several years in New Hampshire.

As part of an ongoing project, Carsey researchers Jess Carson and Sarah Boege are hoping to talk to New Hampshire parents about how they make grocery-related decisions for their families. The goal of this work is to understand how families choose where to shop and what to buy and hear what might make feeding a family easier.

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Interested in joining the study, but not sure you can answer those questions? Don’t worry! Jess and Sarah are ready with some easy questions to get the conversation going. Your experience as a parent is all you need. View eligibility requirements

What Jess and Sarah learn from these one-time conversations with parents around the state will help us recommend ways to improve food access and nutritional supports for New Hampshire families. View FAQs

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Or contact Sarah via email at, or call/text her at 480-204-0995.

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Funding for this study was provided by the New Hampshire Children's Health Foundation.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible for this study if the following statements apply to you:

  • I live in New Hampshire
  • I’m at least 18 years old
  • I have at least one child under age 18, who lives with me at least some of the time
  • I think my annual household income is around or below $40,000

Frequently Asked Questions:

Participants will receive a $50 gift card to Walmart or Amazon (your choice) and, if interested, a copy of the completed study.

A one-time phone or Zoom interview with Jess or Sarah, where they'll ask you about your food shopping habits, meal approach, and food preferences. Interviews are less than an hour long and can be done outside of normal business hours at a time that suits your schedule, including nights or weekends if easier.

Jess and Sarah will record the conversation and let a machine transcribe the audio portion. Neither those transcripts nor the original recordings will have your name on them. The research authors will summarize what they learn from the interviews into bigger-picture “themes” in a report on NH parents’ food decisions. While they might use quotes that participants share with them in the final report, they will not include names or any other identifying information. An example of this kind of summary work from an earlier project can be found here:

Learn more about specifics of data use and storage from our project consent form here.

Ask the researchers! Send Sarah an email at or call/text her cell at 480-204-0995.

Great! You have three options:

  1. View available days and times
  2. Send Sarah an email at and let her know what your schedule generally looks like (e.g., have Mondays off, evenings are better, not after 3p.m., etc.). She'll email back with some time options for you to choose from.
  3. Call or text Sarah at 480-204-0995.