Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program No. (FANRR-26-4) 6 pp

June 2002

Issues in Food Assistance-Reforming Welfare: What Does It Mean for Rural Areas?

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act dramatically altered the social safety net for poor Americans, including the 7 million people living in poverty in nonmetro areas. This issue brief examines evidence from recent research about rural-urban differences in welfare reform impacts on program participation, employment, earnings, and poverty and assesses how well welfare reform is working in rural areas.

Keywords: Welfare reform, rural, nonmetro, poverty, income, well-being, food assistance, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program, personal responsibility and work opportunity reconciliation act

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