|Detailed Objective: Food assistance and nutrition policies can be strengthened by a better understanding of the determinants of food insecurity and the link between food security and welfare reform. This work will
address several issues involving welfare reform and food insufficiency, including:
- the number of welfare families that have difficulties meeting their food,
shelter, and other basic needs 1, 2 and 3 years after they are observed in the
how food insecurity and material hardship vary with recipients' work, welfare,
and income trajectories;
how mothers and children in food-insecure families differ in terms of physical
and mental health and child development from those in food-secure families.
The research team will use the Women's Employment Survey, a longitudinal survey
of female welfare recipients in Michigan, to address these questions. By using
a longitudinal survey, researchers will be better able to look at both the short-term
and longer term food insecurity status of low-income mothers and children. A
grant was awarded to the The Regents of the University of Michigan at a cost
of $200,354 in fiscal 1999. The expected completion date is December 2001.
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