Friday, February 5, 2010

Federal Child Nutrition Programs and Rural Households: Ensuring Children in Need are Served

Soon, Congress is scheduled to reauthorize the Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children Reauthorization Act of 2004, the funding legislation for federal food assistance programs for children. A new issue brief from the Carsey Institute argues for the necessity of these programs to children in rural households in particular, identifying barriers to participation and effect program delivery to these households. The authors’ key findings include:

  • Of the estimated 6.2 million rural households with children in the United States, approximately 29 percent participate in at least one of the four major federal child nutrition programs.
  • Although about 2.8 million rural households with children are income-eligible for the child nutrition programs, roughly 43 percent of those eligible do not participate in any of the four programs.
  • Rural household participation rates in the South are higher than the rates nationally for all four programs.

Policies to expand food assistance.

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