Nutrition Assistance Programs

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.
Our Featured Work
  • Evaluation of SNAP Employment and Training Pilots

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the primary source of nutrition assistance for many low-income people. Beyond providing access to food assistance, SNAP also provides some participants with a critical work support, helping them during times of unemployment or underemployment.

  • The School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study (SNMCS)

    The School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study provides data on a broad array of topics, including critical information about the food and nutrient content of school meals, the costs of school meals, the food environments in schools, and the contribution of school meals to children's overall diets.

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