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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Reports Database

Project: Welfare Transitions and Food Sufficiency: Evidence from South Carolina
Award Year: 2002
Amount of award, fiscal 2002: $149,994.00
Institution: The George Washington University
Principal Investigator: David Ribar
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This study examines food adequacy and other basic measures of well-being among current and former welfare recipients in South Carolina's Family Independence (FI) program. It will also examine patterns of Food Stamp Program use and other types of in-kind assistance for these groups and will assess the role that non-cash assistance plays in maintaining families' well-being as they transition off welfare.

Reforms in South Carolina's welfare program were implemented in 1996 as the FI Program. In promoting a "work first" approach to welfare reform, the program provides transitional assistance to families trying to leave welfare and sets both time-limited benefits and stringent, full-family sanctions for noncompliance with program rules. This study focuses on the interactions between the Food Stamp Program (FSP) and the FI program and on the role that food stamps play in helping families move from welfare to self-sufficiency. It will use administrative data on program participation and earnings, as well as survey data on families' well-being, that were collected as part of ongoing evaluations of the FI program. The study will also link these data with county-level contextual data on skill-specific earnings and employment opportunities. Specifically, it will examine FSP participation and benefit levels among different types of welfare recipients and leavers; the interactions between FSP participation, cash assistance, and other types of transitional assistance among current recipients and leavers; how changes in local, skill-specific employment and earning opportunities contributed to the decline in welfare and FSP receipt; and how these changes affect the families' economic success and well-being.

Topic: Food Security, SNAP/Food Stamp Program, Welfare Reform
Ribar, D., M. Edelhoch, and Q. Liu. “Watching the Clocks: The Role of Food Stamp Recertification and TANF Time Limits in Caseload Dynamics,” The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 43, No. 1, Winter 2008.
Ribar, D., M. Edelhoch, and Q. Liu. South Carolina Food Stamp and Well-Being Study: Well-Being Outcomes Among Food Stamp Leavers, Contractor and Cooperator Report No. 22, USDA, ERS, September 2006.
Ribar, D., M. Edelhoch, and Q. Lui. South Carolina Food Stamp and Well-Being Study: Transitions in Food Stamp Participation and Employment Among Adult-Only Households, Contractor and Cooperator Report No. 18, USDA, ERS, April 2006.
Ribar, D., M. Edelhoch, and Q. Lui. South Carolina Food Stamp and Well-Being Study: Transitions in Food Stamp Participation, TANF Participation and Employment Among Families with Children, Contractor and Cooperator Report No. 17, USDA, ERS, April 2006.

Last updated: Thursday, April 21, 2016

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