Assessing a community for food and nutrition security is rooted in public health emergency response. As the COVID-19 pandemic revealed, our network of food sources operate in silos and left households with difficulty obtaining affordable, proximate food. We can build a food environment that creates and generates health and well-being.
A modified Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (or CASPER) method is a rapid needs assessment and epidemiologic technique designed to provide us with household-based information to facilitate planning and initiate action.
The interview questionnaire consists of five sections: demographics, food attitudes and behaviors, shopping preferences, health behavior and outcomes, and community needs.