We study all of the major U.S. food and nutrition assistance programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, school meal programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and the Administration on Aging’s Nutrition Services Program. Our work informs development of nutrition policy, helping legislators and program administrators understand how changes in policy may affect participation, costs, and nutritional quality.
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School Meals Are Healthier After Major Nutrition Reforms
The first comprehensive national study of the school meal programs following major reforms prompted by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 found that school meals are healthier than they were before the reforms and that students are eating the healthier meals.Learn more
Using Evidence to Reduce Racial Disparities in Bone Health, Improve Mental Health, and Support Self-Sufficiency
A Call for Theory to Guide Equity-Focused Federal Child Nutrition Program Policy Responses and Recovery Efforts in Times of Public Health Crisis
Trends in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates: Fiscal Year 2016 to Fiscal Year 2020
Reaching Those in Need: Estimates of State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates in 2019
Empirical Bayes Shrinkage Estimates of State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates in Fiscal Year 2017 to Fiscal Year 2019 for All Eligible People and Working Poor People
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