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CUNY: Church-based Food Programs Help Families, But Can’t Replace Federally-funded Food Aid

Food insecurity is a major problem plaguing families in the United States, yet over the past three decades, federally funded food programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have become more restrictive. There is evidence that food-insecure households are becoming more reliant on congregation-based food provision programs to compensate for the increasingly stringent requirements for federal food aid, but there is little research providing quantitative evidence of the extent to which congregations may be alleviating food insecurity through these programs.  

To investigate the extent to which congregation-based food provision fluctuated with national food insecurity prevalence for the overall population, and for subgroups vulnerable to this condition, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy assistant professor Dr. Karen Flórez and colleagues analyzed data from the U.S. Census and a nationally representative survey of religious congregations in the U.S. 

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