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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 available here.

 

SNAP

This article quantifies how food pricing policies to subsidize healthy foods and tax unhealthy foods could affect the US cardiometabolic disease (CMD) mortality, overall and by SNAP eligibility and participation, finding steeper CMD reductions for SNAP participants relative to non-participants.

 

This article contributes to research on food deserts by assessing how shopping patterns differ across food retail environments. Small differences in SNAP benefit spending between households with low and high access to supermarkets suggest that SNAP participants’ inability to reach healthy food retailers is at most a minor driver of geographic disparities in nutrition and health outcomes.

 

Child Nutrition

This article, co-authored by a RIDGE grantee, compares dietary quality and feeding practices of child care centers by CACFP participation status, finding some nutritional advantages at CACFP-participating centers while also suggesting strategies for nutritional improvement across all centers.

 

Building on previous analysis of 2012 statewide changes to school competitive food and beverage standards in Massachusetts, this article, co-authored by a RIDGE grantee, assesses impact on food manufacturer product reformulation in response to the standards, providing implications for national Smart Snacks standards.

 

Additional Research