Research & Data
Research & Data
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)
The Community Eligibility Provision, the very successful federal option that allows high poverty schools to offer nutritious meals to all students at no charge, is reaching more children in low-income communities in its second year of national operation, according to Community Eligibility Adoption Rises for the 2015- 2016 School Year, Increasing Access to School Meals (pdf), by the Food Research and Action Center and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Topics: Community Eligibility
According to a study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut and the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) at the Yale School of Public Health, middle school students who eat breakfast at school - even if they have already had breakfast at home - are less likely to be overweight or obese than students who skip breakfast.
Topics: School Breakfast Program (SBP)
Hunger Solutions New York's annual report, School Breakfast: Reducing Child Hunger, Bolstering Student Success analyzes participation in the School Breakfast Program in New York State public schools during the 2014-2015 school year.
Topics: Community Eligibility, Breakfast In the Classroom, School Breakfast Program (SBP)