• Food Assistance and Nutrition Information Series

    The Influence of the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program on Child Weight and Academic Achievement

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  • Going Digital: The Pros and Cons of Promoting Online Food Assistance Applications
    Food Assistance and Nutrition Information Series

    Going Digital: The Pros and Cons of Promoting Online Food Assistance Applications

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  • Including Children's Views Can Enhance Our Understanding of Food Insecurity
    Food Assistance and Nutrition Information Series

    Including Children's Views Can Enhance Our Understanding of Food Insecurity

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  • The High Price of Food Exacts a High Price on Low-Income Children's Weight
    Food Assistance and Nutrition Information Series

    The High Price of Food Exacts a High Price on Low-Income Children's Weight

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Announcement

2012 Grant Awardees

The RIDGE Center @ the SRDC is pleased to formally announce its second slate of doctoral dissertation grantees:

- Emily Heberlein
- Julia Ferrara Waity
- Amber Haroldson

We are pleased to announce the following individuals were awarded research grants as part of the 2012 RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies competitive grants program. These projects have launched and are slated to be completed fall 2013.

- Maryah Fram, Edward A. Frongillo, Jr, and Lorrene Ritchie
- Tracey Burke and Susannah Morgan
- Colleen Heflin
- Neil Bania and Laura Leete

Learn more about these awarded opportunities for 2012.

ERS

The Economic Research Service provides Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics to stimulate innovative research on food and nutrition assistance issues. The SRDC is one of two partnership institutions.

RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC now accepting 2012 research grant proposals

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC, in partnership with USDA Economic Research Service, has released its 2012 request for proposals for both its Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program and its regular Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges in Rural America Research Grant Program.

Now in its second year, the Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program supports research in the United States by graduate students pursuing doctoral research in areas that closely align with the priorities of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies. Students currently enrolled in a Ph.D program from an accredited U.S.institution of higher education who have reached the “All But Dissertation” stage are eligible to apply. Proposals must be postmarked by May 18.

The Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges in Rural America Grant Program seeks to invest in innovative research that explores the social science-based dimensions of the food and nutrition issues impacting residents or communities in rural America. The program is especially interested in proposals that focus on Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, and other racial/ethnic minorities, as well as children and low-wealth individuals/households. Proposals must be postmarked by May 4.

For full information on these opportunities, please visit http://srdc.msstate.edu/ridge/grants/.  

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The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies Grant Program

Advancing Social Sciences-Based Research on Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges in Rural America

The purpose of the RIDGE (Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics) Center for Targeted Studies is to invest in innovative social sciences-based research that explores the food and nutrition assistance challenges of rural people and places. The program is interested in a widearray of topics and issues. Proposals that focus on Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, and other racial/ethnic populations, as well as children and low-wealth individuals/households, are strongly encouraged. This document outlines the key information for applicants planning to submit grant proposals.

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RIDGE Center Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program 2014.

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies, a partnership of the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC), is pleased to announce a new round of funding for its Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program. The program is intended to invest in graduate students attending universities in the U.S. who are pursuing doctoral research in areas that closely align with the research priorities of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies. This document provides guidelines and procedures for students and their supervising professor who may wish to apply for this exciting new RIDGE initiative.

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RIDGE Center Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program 2014.

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies, a partnership of the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC), is pleased to announce a new round of funding for its Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program. The program is intended to invest in graduate students attending universities in the U.S. who are pursuing doctoral research in areas that closely align with the research priorities of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies. This document provides guidelines and procedures for students and their supervising professor who may wish to apply for this exciting new RIDGE initiative.

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RIDGE Center awards 2013 grants for food and nutrition assistance research

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC, in partnership with the Economic Research Service, is pleased to announce the 2013 slate of two doctoral dissertation grantees and four regular competitive grants program recipients. These innovative social sciences-based research projects exploring the food and nutrition assistance challenges facing key populations in rural America are slated to be completed fall 2014.

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Food Insecurity in U.S. Households Rarely Persists Over Many Years

Knowing how often and how long households are food insecure is important for understanding the extent and character of food insecurity and for maximizing the effectiveness of programs aimed at alleviating it. Food-insecure households are those that are unable at times during the year to acquire adequate food because they lack sufficient money and other resources. From 2008 to 2011, the percentage of households experiencing this condition remained between 14.5 percent and 14.9 percent. But, were these mostly the same households year after year? Or, was food insecurity usually a transient condition?

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Institute for Research on Poverty RIDGE Center calls for visiting scholar applications

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) invites applications from U.S.-based food assistance scholars to visit the IRP RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research for one week during the 2013–2014 academic year, interact with its faculty in residence, and become acquainted with the staff and resources of the Institute. Application deadline is June 28, 2013.

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New Amber Waves magazine highlights food access

Amber Waves magazine covers the economics of food, farming, natural resources, and rural America. Published by the Economic Research Service (ERS), the March 2013 issue includes articles on food access, farm income, U.S. pork production, and crop rotation.

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Food Insecurity among Households with Working-Age Adults with Disabilities

Prior research has shown that food insecurity is more common among U.S households with an adult who has a work-limiting disability than among other households. To provide more detail on the prevalence of food insecurity by a range of types of disabilities, Alisha Coleman Jensen and Mark Nord analyzed data from the Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement (2009 and 2010). They focused on two groups of households that include adults with disabilities: (1) households with a working-age adult with a disability that prevented work (not in labor force-disabled); and (2) those with a working-age adult with a specified disability (hearing, vision, mental, physical, self-care, or going-outside-home disability) and no indication that their disability prevented them from working (other reported disabilities). Food insecurity was most prevalent among households with an adult who was not in labor force-disabled (33.5 percent), followed by those with a working-age adult with other reported disabilities (24.8 percent). Households with no working-age adult with a disability had a much lower prevalence of food insecurity (12.0 percent). Close to two in five households with very low food security included an adult with a disability. The study findings demonstrate the importance of disabilities as a determinant of food insecurity.

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Assessing Potential Technical Enhancements to the U.S. Household Food Security Measures

The statistical measures used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 1995 to monitor the food security of the Nation's households — the extent to which they can consistently acquire adequate food for active healthy living-are based on a single-parameter logistic latent-trait measurement model (the Rasch model). A panel convened, at USDA's request, by the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) of the National Academies in 2003-06 recommended that USDA explore five potential technical enhancements to that model. USDA has adopted one CNSTAT panel recommendation, which corrects the methods used to model the frequency-of-occurrence followup questions in the food security scale. This study examines the implications of that change and assesses the other four potential enhancements and the extent to which they would affect USDA's published food security statistics. The study findings suggest that introducing the more complex statistical models would improve measurement of food security little, if at all, while making results and methods more difficult to explain to policy officials and the public.

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Do School Environments Lead to Disparate Health Outcomes?

Researchers at Southern Oregon University and Oregon State University Extension Service are investigating the role of school environment in contributing to obesity rates. Research conducted from the study has found that overweight students tend to perform below average in math, science, and reading. Future research from the project seeks to address nutrition and physical activity within the school environment in rural areas of the Western United States.

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