ResearchWIRE, FRAC’s quarterly newsletter, includes the latest research, reports, and resources on food insecurity, poverty, the federal nutrition programs, and health.


Fall 2019 Issue

In Focus: Hunger is a Health Issue for Older Adults: Food Security, Health, and the Federal Nutrition Programs

Research Highlights

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

  • School  Meals

  • Health and Special Populations

From Children’s HealthWatch: Evidence Demonstrates SNAP Improves Family Food Security, Young Children’s Health, and Health Care Access


Summer 2019 Issue

In Focus: School Meals are a Back-to-School Essential for Students

Research Highlights

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

  • Summer Nutrition Programs

  • Health and Special Populations

From Children’s HealthWatch: SNAP Benefit Adequacy — What Does the Research Tell Us?


Spring 2019 Issue

In Focus: Research Shows WIC is an Important and Cost-Saving Nutrition Program for Children and Families

Research Highlights

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Child Nutrition Programs

  • Food Insecurity and Health

  • Special Populations

From Children’s HealthWatch: SNAP Benefit Reductions and Cutoffs may put Children’s and Families’ Health at Risk


Winter 2019 Issue

In Focus: Initiatives to Make SNAP Benefits More Adequate Significantly Improve Food Security, Nutrition, and Health

Research Highlights

  • Federal Nutrition Programs

  • Special Populations

  • Dietary Quality and Food Insecurity

  • Child Development and Behavior

From Children’s HealthWatch: Policy Prescriptions for Health: Baltimore’s “Checkup” Shows Hardship-Free Kids are Healthier Kids


Fall 2018 Issue

In Focus: The Importance of the Federal Nutrition Programs for Infants and Toddlers

Research Highlights

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

  • Hunger & Health

  • Child Nutrition Programs

  • Special Populations

From Children’s HealthWatch: From Disparities to Discrimination


Summer 2018 Issue

In Focus: Food Insecurity Among College Students

Research Highlights

  • Federal Nutrition Programs

  • Special Populations

  • Health and Well-Being

  • Senior Hunger and Health

  • Food Insecurity Research

From Children’s HealthWatch: Household Food Insecurity is Associated With Increased Hospitalizations and Health Care Expenditures Among Infants


April 2018 Issue

In Focus: SNAP Benefits Need To Be Made Adequate, Not Cut or Restricted

Research Highlights

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Child Nutrition Programs

  • Physical and Mental Health

  • Race and Nativity

  • Food Insecurity Research

From Children’s HealthWatch: Food Insecurity: An Avoidable Cost


December 2017 Issue

In Focus: Food Insecurity, the Federal Nutrition Programs, and Health

Research Highlights

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Child Nutrition Programs

  • Health and Dietary Quality

  • College Students

From Children’s HealthWatch: Moving From Hardship to Health