ERIC Number: ED450176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Making Ends Meet: Private Food Assistance and the Working Poor. Discussion Paper.
Nichols-Casebolt, Ann; Morris, Patricia McGrath
This study examined characteristics of employed households dependent upon private nutrition programs to help make ends meet. Data were derived from an ongoing study of households receiving food assistance from Virginia food pantries and soup kitchens. In 1997, researchers produced a list of all food pantries and soup kitchens in one region and contacted a randomly selected sample of program participants. The 1997 sites were contacted again in subsequent years. Respondents at each site completed a brief interview that asked about: total number in the household; number of children; respondent's age; age of youngest child; single parent status; educational level; citizenship; race/ethnicity; employment status; receipt of food stamps and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; and recent loss of public benefits and other hardships during the past 6 months. Over one-third of respondents were currently employed, and a large percentage had demographic characteristics that did not bode well for their ability to earn high enough wages to meet basic family needs without assistance (less than a high school education, single parent status, female gender, and low wages). Results showed low participation in the Food Stamp Program, even among people who may have been eligible. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia