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An APPAM/Abt Associates Member Forum: Rethinking US Food Policy

Rethinking Food Assistance Policy: New Experimental Evidence on Improving Food Security and Nutrition among
Low-Income Families and Implications for Policy
February 2, 9 AM - 12 PM, The University Club, 1135 16th Street, Washington, D.C. 20036

To view a recording of the event please click here.

For a summary of the event, click here.

The nation’s low-income food assistance programs, including the Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and child nutrition programs, have twin goals: alleviating hunger and improving nutrition. Beginning in 2010, the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded two large random assignment evaluations of pilot food assistance programs: the Healthy Incentive Pilot (HIP) and the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children Demonstration (SEBTC).  Findings from the evaluations build on the existing body of research and provide insights into the fundamental behavioral and policy design questions for SNAP and other federal food assistance programs.  How much does food assistance increase food expenditures and improve food security?  For improving nutrition, what is the effectiveness of rebates and/or limiting choice of foods?  

The forum presented findings and new analysis from these evaluations and other research to provide insights on how the nation’s food assistance programs can do more to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition among low-income families.

Program Agenda

9:00am Introduction

  • Welcome: Mary Joel Holin, Division Vice President, Social and Economic Policy Division, Abt Associates 
  • Overview of Nutritional Status of Americans and Current Food Assistance Programs: Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research and Association Professor, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University
    View the Slides Here

9:15am Session 1: What is the Impact of Food Assistance on Food Expenditures and Food Insecurity?

  • Chair: Melissa Abelev, Assistant Deputy Administrator, Office of Policy Support, USDA Food and Nutrition Service 
  • The Impact of Food Assistance on Food Expenditures and Food Insecurity: Evidence from the SEBTC Demonstration
    Jacob Alex Klerman, Principal Associate and Senior Fellow, Abt Associates
    View the Slides Here
  • Putting the SEBTC Evidence in the Larger Research Context
    Tim Beatty, Associate Professor, Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis  
    View the Slides Here



10:00am Session 2: How Can Food Assistance Programs Improve Nutrition? 

  • Chair: Danielle Berman, Social Science Research Analyst, Office of Policy Support, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
  • How Much Does a SNAP Rebate Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption?
    Parke Wilde, Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University 
    View the Slides Here
  • How Does Limiting Choice in Food Assistance Programs Affect Dietary Quality among School-age Children?
    Phillip Gleason, Director, Human Services Research Fellows, Mathematica Policy Research
    View the Slides Here
  • How Do the Lessons of HIP and SEBTC Contribute to Our Knowledge about How to Improve Nutrition among Low-Income Households?
    Joanne F. Guthrie, Research Nutritionist, Food Economics Division, Economic Research Service, USDA
    View the Slides Here



11:00am Session 3: Policy Implications

  • Ron Haskins, Cabot Family Chair, Economic Studies and Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, The Brookings Institution, Moderator 
  • Sandra E. Black, Member, White House Council of Economic Advisers 
  • Stacy Dean, Vice President for Food Assistance Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 
  • Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute 
  • Tracy Fox, President, Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants 


11:50 Closing: William (Chris) Hamilton, Abt Associates Emeritus 



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