Food Assistance Needs of the South's Vulnerable Populations

Food Assistance Participation

State and federal policymakers have introduced significant changes to our nation's public assistance programs in recent years. In some cases, these policy changes have produced unexpected declines in food assistance program enrollments on the part of our nation's low-wealth population. In other cases, declining enrollments have been the product of other factors, such as limited access to human service agency offices by poor individuals/families, or aversion to the use of food assistance programs on the part of ethnic minorities. Understanding the factors impacting the food assistance participation patterns of poor adults and families in the South is an important avenue of research that the SRDC has supported as part of the RIDGE program.