ERIC Number: ED463067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Good Choices in Hard Times: Fifteen Ideas for States To Reduce Hunger and Stimulate the Economy.
Albee, Michelle; Cates, Jessica; Hayes, Louise; Henchy, Geri; Hess, Doug; Odell, Denise; Parker, Lynn; Phelps, Anne; Schwartz, Sonya; Vollinger, Ellen; Weedall, Crystal; Weill, Jim; Woo, Nicole
This resource guide puts forth 15 ideas for actions in food stamp and other child nutrition programs that states, schools, and cities can implement to feed more hungry low-income residents, especially children, and provide a direct federal economic stimulus for the state and its businesses. The guide asserts that states risk accelerating a downward economic cycle when they cut spending in the face of growing problems among their residents. It is argued that using federal funds through federal nutrition programs for low-income people can contribute to states' economic stimulus efforts. Strategies for the Food Stamp Program are: (1) expanding food stamp participation by easing application procedures; (2) improving outreach; (3) providing transitional food stamps for families leaving TANF; (4) easing information reporting for food stamp recipients and caseworkers; (5) expanding the food stamp time limit for needy jobless adults; (6) increasing food stamp benefit amounts via the standard utility allowance; (7) ensuring that low-income families with modest assets can receive food stamps; (8) improving food stamp benefit allotments for immigrant families; and (9) helping homeless and those with past drug addictions make a new start. Recommended strategies for the child nutrition programs are: (1) increasing participation in the School Breakfast and Lunch Programs; (2) ensuring that schools in low-income neighborhoods receive "severe need payments"; (3) expanding the number of after school programs using federal funds for nutritious snacks and suppers; (4) expanding availability of the Summer Food Service Program; (5) increasing family child care providers' participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program; and (6) expanding the number of homeless and domestic violence shelters that use the Child and Adult Care Food Program. (KB)
Descriptors: Breakfast Programs, Change Strategies, Children, Federal Programs, Hunger, Lunch Programs, Nutrition, Poverty
Food Research and Action Center, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 540, Washington, DC 20009. Tel: 202-986-2200; Fax: 202-986-2525; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text: http://www.frac.org/html/publications/stimulus2002.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC.