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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Database

Project: Study of Locality, Agency, and Individual Characteristics Affecting Food Stamp Program Participation in Virginia
Award Year: 2006
Amount of award, fiscal 2003: $80,000.00 fiscal 2006: $10,000.00
Institution: Virginia Department of Social Services
Principal Investigator: Carol Baron
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: Food Stamp Program participation rates vary widely from place to place. The Commonwealth of Virginia mimics the Nation in both the range of Food Stamp Program participation rates by locality and the use of an operational structure based on independent geopolitical entities. Virginia operates the Food Stamp Program through 121 local Departments of Social Services that are State supervised, but locally administered. Each locality has a great deal of freedom in how it implements policy and organizes its work.

This project will utilize and link existing databases in order to better understand the relationship among local area and individual characteristics, patterns of public assistance use, local agency characteristics and food stamp program participation. The primary research questions to be addresses are: 1) what are the locality, agency, and individual level facilitators and barriers to Food Stamp Program participation; 2) what is the relationship between locality, agency, and individual level facilitators and barriers and Food Stamp Program participation rates; and 3) what successful practices exist in localities with high participation rates that facilitate program access?

Topic: Program Operations, SNAP/Food Stamp Program
Output:
Baron, C., R. Loef, W. McMakin, and S. Aref. A Study of Locality, Agency, and Individual Characteristics Affecting Food Stamp Program Participation in Virginia, Contractor and Cooperator Report No. 32, USDA, ERS, August 2007.

Last updated: Monday, August 04, 2014

For more information contact: Victor Oliveira

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