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Funded Proposals

IRP RIDGE Research Center

The Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program (FANRP) of USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) named IRP the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research following a nationwide competition in 2010. As the RIDGE (Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics) Center, IRP serves as a national hub for sponsoring new, innovative research related to such programs as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps); Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); the National School Lunch Program; and the School Breakfast Program. The IRP RIDGE Center also serves as a center for training and mentoring scholars.

Proposal abstracts, project summaries, and final reports: 2012–2013 | 2011–2012 | 2010–2011

1999–2009 IRP-USDA RIDGE Program

From 1999–2009, prior to being named the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research, IRP was one of five institutions to sponsor research for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The intent of IRP’s program was to stimulate new areas of interest in research on food insecurity and food assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Proposal abstracts, project summaries, and final reports: 2008–2009 | 2007–2008 | 2006–2007 | 2005–2006 | 2004–2005 | 2003–2004 | 2002–2003 | 2001–2002 | 2000–2001

Focus Articles

For a list of articles published before 2007, please search the IRP Publications Database.

Focus 29(1), Spring/Summer 2012

Focus 27(2), Winter 2010

Focus 26(2), Fall 2009

Focus 26(1), Summer-Fall 2008

Focus 25(1), Spring-Summer 2007

Fast Focus Briefs

Fast Focus No. 16-2013, March 2013
Local food prices and SNAP: Effects on child weight and food insecurity, Taryn Morrissey and Alison Jacknowitz

Fast Focus No. 14-2012, May 2012
A consumer's guid b e to interpreting various U.S. poverty measures, David S. Johnson and Timothy M. Smeeding

Fast Focus No. 7-2010, December 2010
The effects of the 2009 ARRA on poverty in Wisconsin, Timothy M. Smeeding, Julia B. Isaacs, Joanna Y. Marks, and Katherine Thornton

Fast Focus No. 4-2009, December 2009
The "Great Recession" and redistribution: Federal antipoverty policies, Gary Burtless

Fast Focus No. 2–2009, March 2009
President Obama and antipoverty policy: What does the stimulus bill do to fight poverty, educate citizens, and improve public health?, Timothy Smeeding, Daniel R. Meyer, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Pamela Herd, and Andrew Reschovsky

Discussion Papers

For a list of papers published before 2005, please search the IRP Publications Database.

Is WIC Reaching Those in Need? Children's Participation in Nutritional Policy during the Great Recession, Margot Jackson and Gabriel Schwartz, 2014, DP 1423-14 [Abstract | Full Text]

Supported from Both Sides? Changes in the Dynamics of Joint Participation in SNAP and UI Following the Great Recession, Alix Gould-Werth and H. Luke Shaefer, 2014, DP 1422-14 [Abstract | Full Text]

Food Assistance During and After the Great Recession in Metropolitan Detroit, Scott W. Allard, Sandra K. Danziger, and Maria Wathen, 2014, DP 1420-14 [Abstract | Full Text]

Food Assistance and Children's Eating Patterns, Food Insecurity, and Overweight: The Influence of Local Food Prices, Taryn Morrissey, Alison Jacknowitz, and Katie Vinopal, 2013, DP 1409-13 [Abstract | Full Text]

The Cost of Free Assistance: Studying Nonuse of Food Assistance in San Francisco, Christopher Wimer, Rachel Wright, and Kelley Fong, 2013, DP 1408-13 [Abstract | Full Text]

Food Stamps, Food Sufficiency, and Diet-Related Disease among the Elderly, Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley and Katie Fitzpatrick, 2013, DP 1407-13 [Abstract | Full Text]

The Neighborhood Food Environment, Food Stamp Program Participation, and Weight-Related Outcomes of Low-Income Women, Diane Gibson, 2013, DP 1406-13 [Abstract | Full Text]

Nutrition and Cognitive Achievement: An Evaluation of the School Breakfast Program, David E. Frisvold, 2012, DP 1402-12 [Abstract | Full Text]

Bridging the Gap: Do Farmers' Markets Help Alleviate Impacts of Food Deserts? Final Report, Vicki A. McCracken, Jeremy L. Sage, and Rayna A. Sage, 2012,  DP 1401-12 [Abstract | Full Text]

Food Insecurity and Food Access, Alessandro Bonanno and Jing Li, 2012, DP 1399-12 [Abstract | Full Text]

Estimating the Impact of Food Stamps on the New York City Poverty Rate Using a National Academy of Sciences-Style Poverty Measure, Mark Levitan and Daniel Scheer 2012,  DP 1398-12 [Abstract | Full Text]

The Dynamics of SNAP Participation and the Increase in SNAP Caseloads during the Recovery of 2003–2007, Janna Johnson, 2012, DP 1397-12 [Abstract | Full Text]

Recent Developments in Antipoverty Policies in the United States, James P. Ziliak, 2011, DP 1396-11 [Abstract | Full Text]

An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Anti-Poverty Programs in the United States, Yonatan Ben-Shalom, Robert Moffitt, and John Karl Scholz, 2011, DP 1392-11 [Abstract | Full Text]

Child Poverty during the Great Recession: Predicting State Child Poverty Rates for 2010, Julia B. Isaacs, 2011, DP 1389-11 [Abstract | Full Text]

Experimental Estimates of the Barriers to Food Stamp Enrollment, Diane W. Schanzenbach, 2009, DP 1367-09 [Abstract | Full Text]

The School Breakfast Program and Breakfast Consumption, Geetha M. Waehrer, 2008, DP 1360-08 [Abstract | Full Text]

Inside the War on Poverty: The Impact of Food Stamps on Birth Outcomes, Douglas Almond, Hilary W. Hoynes, and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, 2008, DP 1359-08 [Abstract | Full Text]

Trends in Income Support, John Karl Scholz, Robert Moffitt, and Benjamin Cowan, 2008, DP 1350-08 [Abstract | Full Text]

The Effects of Food Stamp Benefits on Weight Gained by Expectant Mothers, Charles L. Baum, 2008 DP 1343-08 [Abstract | Full Text]

Income Volatility and Food Insufficiency in U.S. Low-Income Households, 1992-2003, Neil Bania and Laura Leete, 2007 DP 1325-07 [Abstract | Full Text]

Growing Up Poor and Childhood Weight Problems, Haiyong Liu, 2007, DP 1324-07 [Abstract | Full Text]

Does Greater Exposure to WIC Affect Maternal Behavior and Improve Infant Health? Evidence from the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System, Ted Joyce and Cristina Yunzal, 2007, DP 1323-07 [Abstract | Full Text]

Food Stamps and Food Insecurity: What Can Be Learned in the Presence of Nonclassical Measurement Error?, Craig Gundersen and Brent Kreider, 2007, DP 1321-07 [Abstract | Full Text]

Why Did the Food Stamp Caseload Decline (and Rise)? Effects of Policies and the Economy, Caroline Danielson and Jacob Alex Klerman, 2006, DP 1316-06 [Abstract | Full Text]

The Changing Association between Prenatal Participation in WIC and Birth Outcomes in New York City, Ted Joyce, Diane Gibson, and Silvie Colman, 2005, DP 1301-05 [Abstract | Full Text]

An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis of the Rise in the Prevalence of the U.S. Population Overweight and/or Obese, Andrew Cook and Beth Osborne Daponte, 2005, DP 1296-05 [Abstract | Full Text]

A Cautionary Tale: Using Propensity Scores to Estimate the Effect of Food Stamps on Food Insecurity, Christina M. Gibson-Davis and E. Michael Foster, 2005, DP 1293-05 [Abstract | Full Text]

Poverty Fact Sheet

Food Insecurity and Food Assistance Programs (July 2014)

Created for a general audience, this fact sheet outlines the incidence of food insecurity and participation in various federal food assistance programs, in the United States and Wisconsin.


Community-Level Interventions to Improve Food Access and Health (February 2015)

In this podcast, Case Western Reserve University Associate Professor Darcy Freedman discusses her work on food access and health, with a focus on two studies that took place at the Right Choice, Fresh Start Farmers' Market in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

Using Insights from Participatory Research to Inform Poverty Policy (April 2014)

In this podcast, Mariana Chilton, director of the Center for Hunger Free Communities and associate professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health, talks about doing participatory research and the lessons this type of work can offer.

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Family Change, Father Involvement, and Child Food Insecurity

In this podcast, Daniel Miller of the Boston University School of Social Work discusses his research on measuring child food insecurity in the context of family type, changing family structure, and father involvement. Miller says there's still a lot that we don't know about food insecurity for kids but that understanding the connections between family change and food insecurity has a lot of promise in giving us a better picture of the problem.

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Food security trends and an introduction to the Wisconsin Food Security Project (August 2012)

Judith Bartfeld, Director of the IRP-USDA RIDGE Center, Professor with the Department of Consumer Science, and Specialist with the University of Wisconsin–Extension, discusses the growth in food insecurity following the Great Recession, measurement methods, and the development of the Wisconsin Food Security Project website.

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