In 2012, nearly 15% of all Americans lacked the resources to buy adequate food. This number is about 11% in Wisconsin. Where in Wisconsin is hunger highest, and how does the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) impact hunger in the country?
“Food Insecurity and Food Assistance Programs,” released in July 2014, was prepared by intern Dan Simon with extensive content review from Professor Judith Bartfeld, IRP affiliate and director of the IRP RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research, and guidance from IRP editor Deborah Johnson. Sources include data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Especially helpful was the UW-Madison and UW-Extension Wisconsin Food Security Project, developed by Bartfeld and colleagues in order to provide local information on food access and the food security infrastructure in Wisconsin.