Recent Nutrition Assistance Publications and Reports
This page offers relevant research and commentary relating to food assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and child nutrition. Nutrition assistance publications and reports archive is available here.
- Coleman-Jensen, A., Rabbitt, M.P., Gregory, C.A. and Singh, A., 2017. Household food security in the United States in 2016, ERR-237, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
In addition to reporting official food security statistics, this high-profile annual report and its appendix also include useful information about major nutrition assistance programs.
- Choi, S.E., Seligman, H. and Basu, S., 2017. Cost Effectiveness of Subsidizing Fruit and Vegetable Purchases Through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 52(5), pp.e147-e155.
Building on results from the Heathy Incentives Pilot (HIP), this article conducts a cost-effectiveness analysis of targeted fruit and vegetable incentives operating through SNAP’s electronic benefit transfer cards.
- Conrad, Z., Rehm, C.D., Wilde, P. and Mozaffarian, D., 2017. Cardiometabolic mortality by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participation and eligibility in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 107(3), pp.466-474.
As part of a larger literature on health equity and nutrition disparities, this article compares later mortality outcomes for persons who were participants and non-participants in SNAP.
- Leung, C.W., Musicus, A.A., Willett, W.C. and Rimm, E.B., 2017. Improving the nutritional impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Perspectives from the participants. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 52(2), pp.S193-S198.
Survey results of SNAP participants and food insecure SNAP non-participants provide their perspective on the current SNAP program, and indicate overall preference for SNAP+, an alternate program that incorporates healthful incentives and a sugar-sweetened beverage restriction.
- Prell, M. and Smallwood, D., 2017. Comparing alternative economic mechanisms to increase fruit and vegetable purchases, EIB-170, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
This report analyzes the economic theory of and evidence for various mechanisms (bonuses, rebates, and vouchers) of incentivizing fruit and vegetable purchases in SNAP.
- Pelletier, J.E., Schreiber, L.R. and Laska, M.N., 2017. Minimum stocking requirements for retailers in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for women, infants, and children: Disparities across US states. American Journal of Public Health, (0), pp.e1-e4.
This article highlights the varying WIC stocking requirements across states, providing benchmarks that can inform efforts to increase availability of healthier foods in the retail setting.
- Zimmer, M.C. and Vernarelli, J.A., 2017. WIC Works! Positive Influence of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) on Diet Quality in Low Income Children. The FASEB Journal, 31(1 Supplement), pp.lb461-lb461.
Building on previous research on WIC participation and purchasing patterns, this article analyzes NHANES data to compare consumption of children living in WIC households to income-eligible non-participants.
- Briefel, R., Washburn, L., Gothro, A., Cole, N., Sinclair, M., Harvey, B., Niland, K. and Keshaviah, A., 2017. Evaluation of the pilot project for canned, frozen, or dried fruits and vegetables in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP-CFD) Volume I: Report. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.
The evaluation of the pilot expansion of FFVP, the program that provides free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks to low-income elementary schools, to include canned, frozen, and dried fruits and vegetables, including impact on student consumption, program participation, implementation strategies, and stakeholder perspective.
- Ralston, K., Treen, K., Coleman-Jensen, A. and Guthrie, J., 2017. Children’s food security and USDA child nutrition programs, EIB-174, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
This report provides statistics on food insecurity amongst school-aged children, as well as an overview on recent research and developments around child nutrition programs and children’s food insecurity.