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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Child and Nutrition Programs: Spending and Policy Options

Categories: Children,Food/Nutrition,Govt Finance,Welfare/Social Services

Focuses on the school breakfast and lunch programs including trends in federal spending, characteristics of participants, program outcomes, and four options for modifying the programs. From the Congressional Budget Office


Household Food Security in the United States in 2014

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

14% of American households were food insecure at least some time during 2014. The prevalence of very low food security was unchanged at 5.6%. Also provides information on location by state of food insecure households and participation in federal food programs. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Caloric Intake from Fast Food Among Children and Adolescents in the United States, 2011-2012

Categories: Children,Food/Nutrition,Statistics,Youth

From 1994 to 2006, caloric intake from fast food increased from 10% to 13% among children aged 2-18 years. This report presents the most recent data on the percentage of calories consumed from fast food among U.S. children by sex, age group, race and Hispanic origin, poverty status, and weight status.   From the National Center for Health Statistics


FDA Takes Important Steps in Modernizing the Food Safety System

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Homeland Security

Agency press release announcing final rules, the first two of seven major rules, to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. Includes links to Federal Register publication of the texts of the two rules. From the Food and Drug Administration


Using Household and Intrahousehold Data to Assess Food Insecurity: Evidence from Bangladesh

Categories: Bangladesh,Children,Food/Nutrition,Statistics,Women

Finds flaws in previous data on household nutrition in Bangladesh test.  Male head of household was adequately fed but females and children in household were not.  Survey covered household food consumption down to individual level.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


A Primer on WIC: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

Categories: Children,Food/Nutrition,Welfare/Social Services,Women

Discusses the eligibility, benefits, and delivery systems for the program which provides food, nutrition education, and health care services to women, infants, and children.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Adults Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Intake Recommendations, United States, 2013

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Statistics

Discussion and statistics on fruit and vegetable daily intake needs.  Table shows percentage of residents by state meeting federal fruit and vegetable intake recommendations.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Improving the Assessment of SNAP Targeting Using Administrative Records

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

This study assesses the extent to which the food nutrition program, formerly known as Food Stamps, reaches the poorest households by estimating benefit receipt by annual household income relative to poverty.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


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