Food Stamp Program Access Study: Final Report
by Susan Bartlett, Nancy Burstein, William Hamilton, Ryan Kling, and Margaret Andrews
Electronic Publications from the Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program No. (EFAN-03013-3) 482 pp, November 2004
The Food Stamp Program Access Study was motivated by a desire to learn whether and how the administrative policies and practices of local food stamp offices influence the chances of eligible households participating in the program. This report examines the participation decisions of potentially eligible households, together with the local office policies and practices that may enhance or inhibit program access. The findings indicate that many households with no recent contact with the FSP would apply for benefits if they believed themselves to be eligible. In addition, outreach activities are effective in communicating eligibility to nonparticipating households. The processes of application and recertification—and to a lesser extent, complying with ongoing program requirements—are hurdles that a sizable number of apparently eligible households fail to surmount. When surveyed, applicants and program dropouts cited various procedural obstacles as factors in their decision not to participate. The econometric analysis also identifies a number of office practices that vary across offices and appear to be significant in participation decisions.
Keywords: Food stamp program, FSP, food assistance, program nonparticipants, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program, FANRP
In this publication...
- Abstract, Acknowledgments, Contents, Executive Summary, 186 kb
- Chapter 1: Introduction, 60 kb
- Chapter 2: Study Design, 176 kb
- Chapter 3: Characteristics and Perceptions of Potentially Eligible Nonparticipant Households,, 109 kb
- Chapter 4: Applicant Households, 116 kb
- Chapter 5: TANF-Diverted Households, 76 kb
- Chapter 6: Households That Left the Food Stamp Program, 112 kb
- Chapter 7: Local Food Stamp Office Policies and Practices that May Affect Participation Decisions, 137 kb
- Chapter 8: Impact of Local Food Stamp Office Policies and Practices on Selected Aspects of Participation, 190 kb
- Chapter 9: Conclusions: How Local Offices May Affect the Program’s Accessibility to Eligible Households, 65 kb
- Bibliography, 32 kb
- Appendix A: Sample Design and Analysis Weights, 189 kb
- Appendix B: Supplementary Descriptive Tables, 1,078 kb
- Appendix C: Statistical Methods for Multivariate Analyses, 157 kb
- Appendix D: Supplementary Models, 306 kb
- Appendix E: Data Collection Instruments Used in the Study, 838 kb
- Entire Document, 3,733 kb
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