Rethinking Food Assistance Policy: APPAM Forum

February 2, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The University Club

Rethinking Food Assistance Policy: New Experimental Evidence on Improving Food Security and Nutrition among Low-Income Families and Implications for Policy
February 2, 2016

Washington, DC

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Register today for the latest APPAM Member Forum brought to you by Abt Associates.  The forum will be held on February 2, 2016, from 9 AM12 PM at the University Club in Washington, DC.

The nation’s low-income food assistance programs, including Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and child nutrition programs, have twin goals: alleviating hunger and improving nutrition.  Beginning in 2010, the Food and nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded two large random assignment evaluations of pilot food assistance programs: the Healthy Incentive Pilot (HIP) and the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children Demonstration (SEBTC).  Findings from the evaluations build on the existing body of research and provide insights into the fundamental behavioral and policy designs for SNAP and other federal food assistance programs.  How much does food assistance increase food expenditures and improve food security?  For improving nutrition, what is the effectiveness of rebates and/or limiting choice of food?

The forum will present and discuss findings and new analysis from these evaluations and other research to provide insights on how the nation’s food assistance programs can do more to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition among low-income families.

Featured speakers include:

  • Melissa Abelev, Office of Policy Support, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
  • Tim Beatty, Associate Professor, Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis
  • Danielle Berman, Social Science Research Analyst, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
  • Philip Gleason, Director, Human Services Research Senior Fellows, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Joanne F. Guthrie, Assistant Deputy Director for Nutrition in the Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program (FANRP), USDA Economic Research Service
  • Ron Haskins, Co-Director, The Brookings Center on Children and Families
  • Jacob Klerman, Principal Associate and Senior Fellow, Abt Associates and Editor, Evaluation Review
  • Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research and Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University
  • Parke Wilde, Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

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