PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — PSTC Associate Margot Jackson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, received a New Scholars Grant from Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality to examine whether children's exposure to nutritional programs has remained steady or increased as need has increased during the Great Recession.
Jackson's funded project is entitlend, "Are WIC and School Meal Programs Effectively Reaching Those in Need? Trends in Children’s Early and Continuous Use of Federal Nutritional Policy." Using longitudinal data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), this research will examine whether children's exposure to nutritional programs has remained steady or increased as need has increased during the Great Recession. Three programs form the basis of the investigation: the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the National School Breakfast Program (SBP), and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). A primary goal of the analysis is to use individual-level data to not only identify trends in participation, but to examine whether increases in participation are limited to just some groups of eligible mothers and children.