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ERIC Number: EJ768265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Joint Project in Wisconsin, New York: Measuring Hunger and Food Insecurity in Children
Bartfeld, Judi; Dunifon, Rachel
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v98 n2 p54-55 Apr 2006
Food security--access to enough food for a healthy, active life--is vital to the well-being of children. Yet, almost 17% of households with children experience food insecurity, considerably higher than the rate among childless households. Food insecurity has been linked to a variety of negative outcomes in children, related to health, behavior, and school performance. Measuring food insecurity in local communities is difficult, because obtaining good estimates requires administering detailed surveys to a broad cross-section of the population. Because of this, problems with hunger and food insecurity often go unnoticed. This article reports the findings of a survey on food insecurity conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University for elementary school children. The results show that food insecurity rates ranged from seven to 35 percent among participating schools. Results have been used to raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity to support increased outreach for nutrition assistance programs such as food stamps and free and reduced price school meals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York; Wisconsin