Nutrition, Food Assistance, & Poverty

IRP RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research

In January 2010, 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. As the new RIDGE (Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics) Center, IRP will serve 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; and as a center for training and mentoring scholars.

ERS also established a second research hub, the RIDGE Center for Targeted Food and Nutrition Assistance Research, at the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC), Mississippi State University (MSU), as part of this restructuring and consolidation of the former RIDGE Program, which was administered by five institutions, including IRP, from 1999–2009. The SRDC center will support food and nutrition assistance research directed at specific populations, including rural residents, Native Americans, and immigrants.

By establishing the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research, IRP continues its long tradition of conducting policy-relevant research, training and mentoring the next generation of poverty scholars, and broadly disseminating its findings, with a renewed emphasis on food assistance research.

The Wisconsin Food Security Project

The Wisconsin Food Security Project provides up-to-date county and state-level information about food security, economic well-being, and the availability and use of public and private programs to increase access to affordable and nutritious foods. Using the Project's Web site, users can create customized food security profiles for any county in Wisconsin. IRP affiliate Judi Bartfeld and UW Extension Specialist Kadi Row are principal investigators for the project.

IRP Publications on Nutrition, Food Assistance, & Poverty

For a more exhaustive list of IRP publications on this topic, please search the IRP Publications Database.

Diane W. Schanzenbach, 2009 (Full Text: DP 1367-09)
John Karl Scholz, Robert Moffitt, and Benjamin Cowan, 2008 (Full Text: DP 1350-08)
Douglas Almond, Hilary W. Hoynes, and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, 2008 (Full Text: DP 1359-08)
Charles L. Baum, 2008 (Full Text: DP 1343-08)
Geetha M. Waehrer, 2008 (Full Text: DP 1360-08)
Neil Bania and Laura Leete, 2007 (Full Text: DP 1325-07)
Haiyong Liu, 2007 (Full Text: DP 1324-07)
Ted Joyce and Cristina Yunzal, 2007 (Full Text: DP 1323-07)
Craig Gundersen and Brent Kreider, 2007 (Full Text: DP 1321-07)
Caroline Danielson and Jacob Alex Klerman, 2006 (Full Text: DP 1316-06)
Ted Joyce, Diane Gibson, and Silvie Colman, 2005 (Full Text: DP 1301-05)
Andrew Cook and Beth Osborne Daponte, 2005 (Full Text: DP 1296-05)
Christina M. Gibson-Davis and E. Michael Foster, 2005 (Full Text: DP 1293-05)
Kristen Shook Slack and Joan Yoo, 2004 (Full Text: DP 1290-04)
Marianne Bitler and Janet Currie, 2004 (Full Text: DP 1286-04)
N. S. Kabbani and M. Yazbeck, 2004 (Full Text: DP 1280-04)
Colleen M. Heflin, 2004 (Full Text: DP 1279-04)
Rachel E. Dunifon and Lori Kowaleski-Jones, 2004 (Full Text: DP1277-04)

National Database of RIDGE Project Summaries

A searchable database of RIDGE project summaries dating back to the program’s inception in 1999 is available on the ERS Web site at