Project: Food Security and Access to Retail Food Establishments Among Emergency Food Program Recipients
Award Year: 2010
Amount of award, fiscal 2010: $180,000.00
Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Principal Investigator: James Mabli
Status: Ongoing
Detailed Objective: Most prior research on food access focused on the retail food environment and Federal food and nutrition assistance programs. However, a vast network of local food banks also provide food to emergency food programs (such as food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters) and nonemergency food programs (such as senior congregate feeding programs and child day care centers). With the most recent evidence indicating record numbers of both emergency food programs and households using them, accounting for these programs is necessary to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the prevalence of food insecurity and how it relates to food access. The objectives of this study are to (1) examine the locations of emergency food programs in relation to retail food store locations and local population characteristics and (2) analyze the relationship between household food security and access to both retail food stores and emergency food outlets, while accounting for variation in demographic, economic, and family characteristics (including participation in most of the major Federal food nutrition and assistance programs). Information on the locations of emergency food programs and household residences will be linked to a national database of authorized Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) retailers. The study will also use data from the 2009 Hunger in America (HIA) survey—the most recent and largest national survey of emergency food programs and their clients.
Topic: Emergency Food Assistance, Food Security
Jones, D., and J. Mabli. Economic and Geographic Access to Food Retailers and Emergency Food Pantries, Contractor and Cooperator Report No. 76-2,USDA, ERS, June 2012.
Mabli, J., and D. Jones. Food Security and Food Access Among Emergency Food Pantry Households, Contractor and Cooperator Report No. 76-1,USDA, ERS, June 2012.
Mabli, J., D. Jones, and P. Kaufman. “Characterizing Food Access in America: Considering the Role of Emergency Food Pantries in Areas without Supermarkets,” Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, Volume 8, Issue 3, 2013.