A new initiative allowed high-need, low-income elementary schools to offer canned, frozen, or dried fruits and vegetables to promote greater flexibility in implementing the USDA's fresh fruit and vegetable program for the 2014-15 school year. Mathematica is evaluating the implementation and impacts....
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility and Operations
- School Nutrition Programs
- National School Lunch Program Direct Certification
- Family Support
- Food Security and Hunger
- Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
- Program Integrity
- Human Services
Andrew Gothro studies nutrition programs, focusing on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) policy and operations as well as school nutrition programs—especially direct certification for school meals benefits. He also works in the child welfare area, providing evaluation technical assistance to organizations developing new service models to combat homelessness among current and former foster youth.
Gothro helps lead an evaluation of the effects of demonstrations to directly certify students for free and reduced-price school meals based on income information in Medicaid data. The project will estimate effects on meal benefit access and participation. He evaluated demonstrations in two states that waived the SNAP eligibility interview, estimating changes in SNAP application and caseload outcomes. He previously coauthored four reports to Congress on direct certification in the National School Lunch Program and a series of reports describing current operations and best practices in direct certification for the program nationwide. Gothro helped lead an evaluation of demonstrations in elementary schools in four states to incorporate canned, frozen, and dried items into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. In the child welfare area, he contributed to a conceptual framework for programs aimed at improving the lives and self-sufficiency of at-risk youth.
Before joining Mathematica, Gothro served in the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer. He holds an M.P.P. from Georgetown University.
Improving Children's Diets: Evaluation of the Canned, Frozen, or Dried Fruits and Vegetables Pilot
SNAP Analysis for Health Impact Assessment of U.S. Farm Bill
Two of the changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) proposed in the 2014 U.S. Farm Bills were (1) eliminating the standard utility allowance for those receiving a nominal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program benefit and (2) eliminating broad-based categorical eligibility for...