Funder(s)

Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture

Funding ID

#58-4000-8-0036R

Description/Abstract

Although early childhood is considered a critical time for investment in a child’s life, the United States lacks many traditional family policy programs like paid family leave and widely subsidized daycare. Instead, the U.S. relies on means-tested programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This brief summarizes findings from a study examining participation in SNAP and TANF in early childhood in Virginia. Findings suggest that strengthening SNAP and TANF would provide significant benefit to Black and Hispanic children and those residing in rural areas.

Document Type

Research Brief

Keywords

SNAP, TANF, Food Insecurity, Children

Disciplines

Food Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social Policy | Social Welfare

Date

9-14-2021

Language

English

Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture through cooperative agreement #58-4000-8-0036R. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Virginia Department of Social Services or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Special thanks to Shannon Monnat and Nicole Replogle for their help editing this brief.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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