Rethinking Food Access Research 2: Food Entitlements. Food Assistance Programs and Food Access

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Rural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Grand Ballroom D, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Angela Babb, Joshua Lohnes
Chairs: Angela Babb


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.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
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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