SNAP and the Food Assistance and Retail Environment: Effects on Participation, Healthy Eating, and Food Prices
(Poverty and Income Policy)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
The proposed panel includes four papers that address these different factors and provide insights into the program features and efficacy of SNAP and other food assistance programs. Indeed, instead of examining SNAP in isolation from the overall food assistance and food retail environment, the four papers in the panel explicitly focus on these relationships. They investigate a variety of outcomes such as school lunch (breakfast) participation, the healthy eating index, food prices, and food stores. To do so, they use nationally representative data sources on food acquisitions, program participation, and grocery store prices. Two of the papers use the newly available Household Food Acquisitions and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS), including their Geography Component (FoodAPS-CG) while the other two papers rely on the Nielsen Retail Scanner Data, Decennial Censuses, and County Business Patterns. Taken together the papers in this panel shed light on how SNAP influences household food consumption, and nutrition outcomes in the presence of other food assistance programs, as well how SNAP program design features influence food prices, the retail environment, and the food choices facing those who benefit from it.