Process and Use of WIC Nutrition Risk Assessment Study

Process and Use of WIC Nutrition Risk Assessment Study

Project Overview As part of the certification process for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), WIC staff conduct a comprehensive nutrition assessment of applicants. This nutrition assessment has two purposes: enable WIC staff to (1) determine whether the applicant meets the nutritional risk eligibility requirement, and (2) tailor WIC benefits[...]

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Summer Food Service Program Integrity Study

Project Overview The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) conducts periodic assessments of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to determine if it is at risk for improper payments. This study examines how state agencies administer and provide effective oversight of SFSP to ensure program integrity and identifies challenges faced by those administering, managing, and operating[...]

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Certification Notices: Technical Assistance for New Mexico

Project Overview Under one of four task orders that are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service’s 5-year, sole-source Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Process Improvement IDIQ, Insight provided technical assistance to New Mexico Human Services Department on reviewing SNAP certification documents and notices and improving the notices. The overall goal[...]

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SNAP Certification Notices Technical Assistance for FNS’s Mountain Plains Regional Office

Project Overview Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) certification notices are central to a client’s ability to obtain and maintain SNAP benefits. These notices must give clients enough information to understand the reasons for the state agency’s actions and should be written in easily understandable language. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)[...]

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Assessment of Mandatory E&T Programs

Project Overview The Food Security Act of 1985 established the SNAP E&T (employment and training) Program to help recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) gain the “skills, training, or experience that will increase their ability to obtain regular employment.” While all states must operate a SNAP E&T program, they have flexibility in designing[...]

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Feasibility of Revising the SNAP Quality Control Review Process

Project Overview This study assessed the feasibility of revising the quality control (QC) system for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the current two-tier process to a one-tier federal system. The study identified all processes and components required for a one-tier process, including the procedural, staffing, and organizational changes; the technological infrastructure requirements; access[...]

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School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study II

Project Overview The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals to children. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 resulted in the implementation of new nutrition standards for these school-based meals programs that improved the critical nutrition and hunger safety net for millions of[...]

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The Use of Microsimulation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Project Overview The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the cornerstone of the nutrition safety net for Americans with low incomes. It has been the largest federal nutrition assistance program for decades. Given the size and breadth of SNAP, it is critically important to accurately and quickly predict the effects of potential changes in SNAP[...]

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Assessing the Reasons Behind Atypical SNAP Account Activity

Project Overview Households that receive assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the largest program in the domestic nutrition assistance safety net, typically redeem most of their benefits within 2 weeks of receiving them and most of the remainder within a month. Most of the transactions occur at a retailer situated within a few[...]

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Diet Quality of Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2014

Project Overview The Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) nutrition assistance programs seek to address food insecurity among households with low incomes and improve participants’ diet quality and related health outcomes. This study is the fourth in a series to examine the relationship between diet quality and participation in three such programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance[...]

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