This session brings together scholars researching food entitlement programs and their contribution to the food access puzzle for households in poverty. Over 44 million Americans receive entitlements through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 30 million participate in school nutrition programs, and another 8 million rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Last year, the $66 billion disbursed through SNAP was the most extensive program to mitigate hunger even as 9 billion free meals were served across K-12 schools and nearly half of all infants born participated in WIC. In this session, scholars critically assess the basis, function and efficacy of these entitlement programs. Topics range from the calculation of hunger that determines SNAP allotments, to the flow of entitlements through the private food system and the intersection of entitlement programs and alternative food networks.
|Presenter||Angela M. Babb, Indiana University, Daniel C. Knudsen*, Indiana University, Scott M. Robeson, Indiana University, Erica L. Nantz, Indiana University, Kayla H. Kaplan, Indiana University, Hannah E. Wilson, Indiana University, A Critique of the Objective Function Utilized in Calculating the Thrifty Food Plan||20||10:00 AM|
|Presenter||Angela Babb*, Indiana University, Calculating Hunger. A Critical Engagement with the Thrifty Food Plan||20||10:20 AM|
|Presenter||Renata Blumberg*, Montclair State University, Helga Leitner, University of California, Los Angeles, Pankaj Lal, Montclair State University, Supporting Alterity in the Food System? A Critical Analysis of the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program||20||10:40 AM|
|Presenter||Thomson Gross*, Department of Geology & Geography, Bradley Wilson, West Virginia University - Geography Program, "Desertification, Desertion, Democracy? Nutritional Entitlements, Spatial Justice and the Right to Food in Appalachia and Beyond."||20||11:00 AM|
|Discussant||Bradley Wilson West Virginia University||20||11:20 AM|
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