IRP RIDGE Center Awards Food Assistance Program Research Grants

June 10, 2013

MADISON — Six junior scholars investigating the effects of government food assistance programs on food insecurity were awarded $40,000 grants by the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research, which is run by the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in conjunction with the RIDGE Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The awards support work into the effects of food assistance programs on food security, consumption patterns, food choices, nutritional outcomes, and other diet-related outcomes. The grants are the fourth round of RIDGE grants and last for 18-months, including a mentoring workshop at IRP where awardees receive feedback on their preliminary papers and a conference in Washington, DC, at which they present their results.

Noting that the Center received many more excellent proposals than available funding could support, Center Director Judith Bartfeld said, "I look forward to working with this year's RIDGE investigators, whose proposals continue our tradition of supporting innovative and relevant research on our nation's food assistance programs."

The 2013 IRP RIDGE Center research grant awards are as follows: (click on the link to see proposal abstracts):

RIDGE researchers' final reports are published in IRP's discussion paper series and abstracted on the USDA RIDGE website.