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Urban Institute Looks at Welfare and Food Stamp Participation

6/8/2004:   Food Stamps help low-income American citizens cover the cost of a minimally nutritional diet, but the complex implementation of this entitlement appears to have profound impact on its use among vulnerable children and their families.

A recent report by the Urban Institute, Recent Trends in Food Stamp Participation: Have New Policies Made a Difference? explores the significant 36% increase in the program's use over the past three years. Most families with children and monthly incomes below the poverty level have never received welfare, and they do not receive food stamps. The research suggests that new food stamp rules and procedures designed to facilitate access to benefits are only working for families that enter the cash welfare system. Most other families still do not take advantage of this federal work support program.

The policy brief is available on the Urban Institute website at www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=310995.

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