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Updated Analysis of Cash Food Expenditures of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Households

For this project, IMPAQ updated and expanded on earlier analyses to provide detailed information on food expenditures and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households making them. This project had an overarching objective of understanding how SNAP benefits and cash purchases fit into a household’s overall food expenditures and how this varies across subpopulations.

Market Research, Environmental Scan and Ethnographic Research on the Use of Communication Technologies and Digital Media Related to Nutrition and Physical Activity

While new technologies present a unique opportunity to deliver nutrition education, little is known about ways in which nutrition education has embraced the use of new technologies and digital/social media.  Under contract with the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), IMPAQ conducted a literature review to determine the most effective designs and tools for delivering child-focused, school-based nutrition education using new technologies.  Through a summary of existing literature and market research, environmental scans, key informants interviews and in-person site visits, IMPAQ found th

Literature Review on the Relationship between Access to Nutritious Food and Health Outcomes

Access to healthy and affordable food is central to the success of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program. There has been much recent attention paid to describing the nature and extent of “food deserts” and disparities in access to healthy food. The concept of a “food desert” describes an environment that provides insufficient access to healthy and affordable food. Little is known about whether improved access to healthy, affordable food results in increased consumption of these foods and improved health outcomes.

Feasibility Study of Capturing SNAP Purchases at the Point-of-Sale

The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to provide children and needy families with better access to food and a more healthful diet through its food assistance programs and comprehensive nutrition education efforts. To support FNS’ mission, FNS requires a variety of data that describe the diets and food purchasing patterns of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. SNAP households receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used to purchase food at stores in much the same way consumers use credit or debit cards.

Food Typically Purchased With the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Over 20 million households receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from the Federal government each month. This study examined point-of-sale (POS) food purchase data to determine what foods SNAP participants typically purchase and how these purchases compare to those made by non-SNAP households. By using POS data to compare the purchases of SNAP households to those of non-SNAP households, the current study provided more detail on food expenditure patterns than previous studies.

Business Process Reengineering Services (BPR)

As state budgets have shrunk and assistance program caseloads grown, many states and counties are having difficulty meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application, recertification, and case management processes. It is critical that state SNAP managers look for improved ways to improve efficiency and better serve eligible households.

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