Reports and Publications

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Reports and Publications

Assessing the Feasibility of Implementing SNAP in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

This feasibility study assessed the potential effects of providing nutrition assistance to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) instead of through its Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP), an annually funded block grant. The study conducted a systems change analysis of all the changes that would be needed to transition to SNAP, including legislative and policy changes, SNAP eligibility and electronic benefit transfer system changes, program integrity changes, and SNAP employment and training program changes. The study also estimated the initial implementation and annual operating costs of such a transition. Study methods included (1) an environmental scan of program documents, legislation, regulations, and other documents; (2) analysis of administrative NAP data and other secondary data sources; and (3) extensive in-person interviews with NAP and other government staff; employers, retailers, NAP participants, and community-based organizations in the CNMI; SNAP and vendor staff in Guam; Federal USDA staff in the National Office and Western Regional Office; and other key stakeholders across the islands.

WIC Food Packages and Costs Report 2018

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2018 Food Packages and Costs Report summarizes the contents and costs of food packages prescribed to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide in April 2018. It includes information on food package prescriptions by participant category and food package type and food package costs by participant category, food package type, and WIC-eligible food category. This report also compares food package contents and costs over time.

WIC Food Package Report 2016

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2016 Food Package Report summarizes the contents of food packages prescribed to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide in April 2016. It includes information on food package prescriptions by participant category and food package type and compares food package prescriptions over time.

Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: National School Lunch Program Report

The Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: NSLP Report examines the relationships between NSLP participation and selected measures of diet quality, such as the Healthy Eating Index, macro/micronutrient intakes, and food consumption patterns; and body mass index. The study used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: WIC Report

The Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: WIC Report examines the relationships between WIC participation and selected measures of diet quality, such as the Healthy Eating Index, macro/micronutrient intakes, and food consumption patterns; and selected measures of health status such as body mass index and selected blood biomarkers. The study used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: SNAP Report

The Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: SNAP Report examines the relationships between SNAP participation and selected measures of diet quality, such as the Healthy Eating Index, macro/micronutrient intakes, and food consumption patterns; and selected measures of health status such as body mass index, blood pressure, and selected blood biomarkers. It also examines how outcomes vary for SNAP participants who participate in several food assistance programs. The study used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

WIC Food Package Report 2014

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2014 Food Package Report summarizes the contents of food packages prescribed to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide in April 2014. It includes information on food package prescriptions by participant category and food package type and compares food package prescriptions over time.

WIC Food Package Report 2012

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2012 Food Package Report summarizes the contents of food packages prescribed to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide in April 2012. It includes information on food package prescriptions by participant category and food package type and provides a comparison of food package prescriptions over time.

SNAP-Ed Data Improvement Agenda and Action Plan

This action plan represents an important first step toward the goal of improved SNAP-Ed data at the national level. Outlined within the action plan are 15 recommendations organized around 4 priority areas related to data collection and reporting; continuity across the program’s data life cycle, accessibility and transparency; and longer term planning. These recommendations were informed by a focused review of SNAP-Ed literature and resources, 21 technical working group meetings focused on 12 important SNAP-Ed data categories, 3 Steering Committee meetings, discussions with FNS, and information gleaned from presentations and discussions at the 2020 annual conference of the Association of SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Administrators. Over 100 SNAP-Ed and other nutrition and research experts participated in these steering committee and technical working group meetings.

The Extent and Nature of Underreporting of SNAP Participation in National Surveys

This in-depth research review describes the extent and nature of underreporting of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation in four national surveys and seeks to identify potential remedies for the problem. The data for this study included a literature review of underreporting in SNAP and other federal programs and estimates of SNAP underreporting from four national surveys: the Current Population Survey, the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and the American Community Survey.