Research & Data
Research & Data
School Breakfast at Half Century - A Look Back to Move Ahead, a report authored by Janet Poppendieck, reflects on her decades of research and advocacy to promote the School Breakfast Program in light of its 50th anniversary. She lifts up this critical program, which provided 2.3 billion nutritious meals to America’s children last year, and its steady growth as possibly the best example of effective advocacy and productive cooperation between national anti-hunger organizations and state and local groups. This report examines the history, challenges, policy gains and role of advocacy in shaping the program.
Topics: Breakfast In the Classroom, School Breakfast Program (SBP)
A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), SNAP Works for America's Children, reviews the many ways in which the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) supports children and includes numerous state by state tables. SNAP will help about 20 million children each month this year. SNAP’s support is critical for America’s low-income children: no other nutrition or income support program reaches as many at-risk children or contributes as much to the overall resources of very low-income households with children.
Topics: General Child Nutrition, SNAP
Three recent national reports look at the issue of hunger in America from various perspectives. Our analysis of these data sets reveals that, despite an improving economy, hunger remains a persistent and prevalent challenge in New York State. These reports collectively underscore the need for continued expansion of and improved access to federal nutrition programs including SNAP, school meals and summer meals in New York State.
The Food Research and Action Center’s Food Hardship in America: Households with Children Especially Hard Hit report reveals that despite an improving economy, far too many New York State residents — especially children — still live in households that struggle against hunger. Derived from an analysis of Gallup-Healthways Well-Being surveys conducted in 2014 and 2015, the report finds 19.2 percent of households with children suffer from food hardship nationally. In New York State, that percentage is even higher: 21.4 percent; our state as ranked 17th worst among all states for food hardship.
In this brief from Children's Health Watch in the ‘What If …?’ series, “A Treatment Plan for Hunger: SNAP, WIC, and the Community Eligibility Provision,” Children's Health Watch asked, "What if we optimized key child nutrition programs to reduce food insecurity?" Through innovative simulation modeling techniques, they explore how reasonable policy improvements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) have the potential to significantly reduce the number of families experiencing food insecurity.
Topics: Community Eligibility, National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), SNAP, Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
A new USDA report, Household Food Security in the United States in 2015, reveals only slightly fewer New Yorkers are struggling with hunger, compared with significant declines nationwide.
This policy brief from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities highlights a new study which finds that just a $30-per-person increase in monthly SNAP benefits would not only increase low-income households’ spending on food, but also improve the nutritional quality of their diets.
The Food Research & Action Center has released a report, How Hungry is America?, which shows that the United States has made significant progress in addressing food hardship since the Great Recession, but still millions of Americans live in households that struggle to put food on the table.
Topics: Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)