Income Volatility Complicates Food Assistance

Income fluctuations cause low-income families to cycle in and out of eligibility for food assistance. Twenty-eight percent of U.S. households with children experienced at least one monthly income change in the late 1990s that put them above or below the eligibility criteria for many programs. Income volatility helps explain why many school lunch beneficiaries were found to be ineligible during verification in past years.


Issue Date:
2006-09
Publication Type:
Journal Article
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Record Identifier:
https://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/125756
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/125756
Published in:
Amber Waves
Page range:
16-21
Total Pages:
6




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