Panel: The Effect of the Safety Net On Poverty and Food Insecurity
(Social & Family Policy)

Friday, November 9, 2012: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
International B (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizers:  Katie Fitzpatrick, Seattle University
Moderators:  Shannon Mok, Congressional Budget Office and Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois
Chairs:  Marcy Carlson, University of Wisconsin - Madison

The social safety net is intended to provide a minimum standard of living for all Americans. As such, understanding how the social safety net affects total income as well as consumption adequacy is important measure of its’ effectiveness. This session explores the social safety net, with specific focus on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It will discuss how the social safety net as a whole, and how SNAP in particular, affects poverty and food insecurity rates of participants. In doing so, the session will assess the performance of the current safety net before, during, and after the Great Recession, as well as inform its’ optimal design.

The Effect of Safety Net Programs On Food Insecurity
Lucie Schmidt, Lara Shore-Sheppard and Tara Watson, Williams College

How State Policies Influence the Efficacy of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program In Reducing Poverty
Laura Tiehen, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dean Jolliffe, World Bank and Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois

Food Stamps, Food Sufficiency, and Diet-Related Disease Among the Elderly
Katie Fitzpatrick, Seattle University and Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley, Kent State University

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