Project: Low-Income Families Survival Strategies for Managing Shocks to Economic Well-Being
Award Year: 2006
Amount of award, fiscal 2006: $91,000.00
Institution: University of Michigan
Principal Investigator: Kristin Seefeldt
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This study will use qualitative research methods to focus on economic survival strategies of low-income families, particularly how, when, and under what circumstances they use the Food Stamp Program. Data for this study will come from a sample of low-income adults with children younger than 16 who participated in the Detroit Area Study on Financial Services in 2005-06. Intensive ethnographic interviews will be conducted in order to advance understanding of (1) what coping strategies families employ in times of economic instability and a changed safety net, (2) how families choose among a variety of strategies—self-reliance, help from friends or family, assistance from private charities, or receipt of government benefits, and (3) how families deal with no or limited health insurance.
Topic: SNAP/Food Stamp Program
Seefeldt, K., and T. Castelli. Low-Income Women’s Experiences With Food Programs, Food Spending, and Food-Related Hardships: Evidence From Qualitative Data, Contractor and Cooperator Report No. 57, ERS, USDA, August 2009.