USDA AWARDS $1.3 MILLION FOR RESEARCH ON FOOD ASSISTANCE AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2005- Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that organizations in four states and the District of Columbia will receive $1.3 million to examine and evaluate USDA-administered food assistance programs.
"USDA's food assistance programs increase food security and reduce hunger in our communities by providing access to healthful, nutritious food to children and low-income individuals," said Johanns. "This research will help ensure that the programs are effectively meeting the changing needs of the people they are designed to serve."
The grants and cooperative agreements will fund eight projects in California, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Texas. The projects will examine a number of program-related issues:
* how states administer the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and who among the eligible population tend to participate in the program;
* effect of Food Stamp Program policies on household decisions to apply for food stamps, on length of stay in the program, and on decisions to exit the program;
* effect of school food policies on the choices students make from school meal programs, school snack bars, and vending machines;
* impact of program rules that effectively reduce the level of Food Stamp Program benefits for families who increase their work effort or receive additional unearned income;
* effects of Food Stamp Program policy, welfare policy, and the economy on food stamp caseloads;
* relationship between food insecurity and a variety of health, nutrition, motor development, cognitive, social, and emotional outcomes for infants and toddlers;
* factors associated with participation in USDA's school meals program at both the school and individual level;
* relationship of Food Stamp Program benefits to household spending decisions for food consumed at home and away from home, and the implications of those decisions for household food security.
All of the research projects are competitively awarded by the Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program (FANRP), administered by USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS). FANRP studies and evaluates the performance of the nation's domestic food and nutrition assistance programs, including the Food Stamp Program, child nutrition programs, and the WIC program.
A complete list of this year's award recipients follows. Further information is available on the web at http://www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/foodnutritionassistance/funding/ , or from program contact Vic Oliveira, (202) 694-5434, .