ReportsSNAP and Public Health: The Role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Improving the Health and Well-Being of Americans (PDF | 226 KB)
Food Research and Action Center.
A recent brief describing the positive public health effects of SNAP participation. January 2013.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Examining the Evidence to Define Benefit Adequacy
The National Press Academies Press.
This book consists of an evidence-based review of the adequacy of SNAP allotments, specifically examining the feasibility of establishing an objective, evidence-based, science-driven definition of the adequacy of SNAP allotments consistent with the program goals of improving food security and access to a healthy diet. In addition, the book examines other relevant dimensions of adequacy; and data and analyses needed to support an evidence-based assessment of the adequacy of SNAP allotments.
Building a Healthy America: A Profile of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (PDF | 3.27MB)
USDA. FNS.Office of Research and Analysis
Report provides a complete overview of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), it's participants, operations, and outcomes. The report is broken up into eight main sections each of which uses current and past data and research to present information about SNAP and it's participants. Report also includes data about SNAP requirements, effectiveness and efficiency, and benefit distribution. April 2012.
Effects on Childhood Obesity of Participation in Multiple Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs
Georgia State University and Southern Methodist University.
Investigates the relationships between participation in the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and childhood
obesity. Findings show simultaneous participation in all three programs is unrelated to childhood obesity in low-income households. Click on PDF (629 KB) for full text article. March 2012
The Multiple Contexts of Food Insecurity: Evaluating the Impact on Child Energy Balance
University of Utah.
This study explores the impact of food insecurity, school environment and food infrastructure on elementary school-aged children’s body weight, food purchasing decisions and physical activity choices. Results show that Federal support for nutrition in the form of expenditures, a lower county unemployment rate, higher average wages, and access to unemployment compensation are associated with a lower risk of being food insecure. Click on PDF (206 KB) for full text article. December 2011
Errors in Survey Reporting and Imputation and Their Effects on Estimates of Food Stamp Program Participation
University of Chicago.
Report looks at the under-reporting of receipt of Food Stamp Program (FSP) benefits by eligible people in household surveys. Administrative data on FSP participation in two States are matched to American Community Survey (ACS) and Current Population Survey (CPS) data. Results indicate nearly 35 percent of true recipient households in the ACS and 50 percent in the CPS do not report receipt. Click on PDF (206 KB) for full text article. December 2011
Can Low-Income Americans Afford a Healthy Diet? (PDF | 64 KB)
University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition.
This publication examines the lower diet quality that often is seen in low-income Americans and promotes affordable nutrient rich foods as a viable alternative. March 2009
State of the States 2008: A Profile of Food & Nutrition Programs across the Nation (PDF | 2.11 MB)
Food Research Action Center.
The data in this report describe the extent of hunger and food insecurity and the use of nutrition programs for the United States as a whole and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, giving a snapshot of how well or badly each state is doing in using available tools to meet the needs of hungry people and improve the health of low-income families. November 2008
A Case Study of Eight Food Security Projects (PDF | 4.83MB)
California Department of Health Services. Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section. California Nutrition Network for Health, Active Families.
Report summarizes the activities and achievements of eight community food security and nutrition education projects in California. This report describes activities undertaken from 2000 to 2004. October 2005
Food Insecurity and Hunger in the United States: An Assessment of the Measure
Committee on National Statistics of the National Academies.
This report presents the major findings, conclusions, and recommendations of a panel of experts who reviewed the concepts and methods for measuring food security and hunger. 2005.