The present study compares perspectives of low socioeconomic individuals and food system representatives to identify ways of increasing access to community‐based food systems.
Focus groups with low socioeconomic individuals and semistructured interviews with representatives of farmers' markets, community‐supported agriculture schemes, and a commercial fruit and vegetable box scheme explored enablers and barriers to accessing community‐based food systems for those of low socioeconomic status and potential solutions to improve participation. Data were analysed using grounded theory and thematic analysis, respectively.
Affordability, convenience and knowledge were barriers for low socioeconomic individuals. Food system representatives acknowledged these same barriers, but showed different understandings of their importance. Some strategies to improve access suggested by low socioeconomic individuals were amenable to representatives; however, for other strategies, views between the two groups were divided, particularly for strategies addressing affordability.
A disconnect exists between views of low socioeconomic individuals and food system representatives in regard to improving disadvantaged groups' access to community‐based food systems. Several strategies amenable to both stakeholder groups are identified; however, further communication and collaboration is required to identify additional innovative solutions.