Nutrition (11 - 20 of 99 items)
Food Stamp Program: Farm Bill Options Ease Administrative Burden, but Opportunities Exist to Streamline Participant Reporting Rules among Programs
GAO-04-916: Published: Sep 16, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2004.
Many individuals familiar with the Food Stamp Program view its rules as unnecessarily complex, creating an administrative burden for participants and caseworkers. In addition many participants receive benefits from other programs that have different program rules, adding to the complexity of accurately determining program benefits and eligibility. The 2002 Farm Bill introduced new options to help...
Food Stamp Program: Steps Have Been Taken to Increase Participation of Working Families, but Better Tracking of Efforts Is Needed
GAO-04-346: Published: Mar 5, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2004.
Eligible working families are believed to participate in the Food Stamp Program at a lower rate than the eligible population as a whole. As a result, many federal, state, and local officials believe the program is not living up to its potential as a component of the nation's work support system. This report examines: (1) what proportion of eligible working families participate in the program and w...
Foreign Assistance: Global Food for Education Initiative Faces Challenges for Successful Implementation
GAO-02-328: Published: Feb 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2002.
At the Group of Eight industrialized countries' summit in July 2000, President Clinton proposed a Global Food for Education Initiative (GFEI) whereby developed countries would provide school breakfasts or lunches to needy children in poor countries. The aim of the initiative is to use school meals to attract children to school, keep them attending once they enroll, and improve learning. The presid...
Food Stamp Program: Implementation of Electronic Benefit Transfer Systems
GAO-02-332: Published: Jan 16, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2002.
The Department of Agriculture provided $15 billion in food stamp benefits to 17 million recipients in 2000. Until the mid-1990s, most recipients received paper coupons that they could use to buy food; today, 80 percent of all benefits are provided electronically. Recipients use cards, much like debit cards, to pay for their groceries at the checkout counter, and the costs are deducted from the rec...
Food Stamp Program: States Seek to Reduce Payment Errors and Program Complexity
GAO-01-272: Published: Jan 19, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2001.
In fiscal year 2000, the Department of Agriculture's Food Stamp Program, administered jointly by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the states, provided $15 billion in benefits to an average of 17.2 million low-income persons each month. FNS, which pays the full cost of food stamp benefits and half of the states' administrative costs, promulgates program regulations and oversees program impl...
Food and Nutrition Service: Food Stamp Program--Recipient Claim Establishment and Collection Standards
OGC-00-52: Published: Aug 4, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) new rule on the Food Stamp Program's recipient claim establishment and collection standards. GAO noted that: (1) the final rule aims to improve claims management in the Food Stamp Program while providing state agencies increased flexibility in their efforts to increase claims collection; (2) the final rule i...
Food Stamp Program: Data on Assistance for the Elderly
RCED-00-223R: Published: Jun 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Food Stamp Program and its state activities to increase older Americans' participation and the number of elderly food stamp participants in each state.GAO noted: (1) states' activities to encourage elderly participation in the Food Stamp Program; (2) states' actions, during the last 3 years, to implement suggestions by the Food a...
Food Stamp Program: Information on the Costs of Special Diets
RCED-00-144R: Published: May 8, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the costs of food stamp recipients' special diets, focusing on the: (1) number of food stamp recipients whose special dietary costs exceed the maximum food stamp benefit; and (2) costs of recipients' special diets compared with the maximum food stamp benefit.GAO noted that: (1) the federal government does not have the information to...
Food Stamp Program: How States Are Using Federal Waivers of the Work Requirement
RCED-00-5: Published: Oct 20, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Food Stamp Program, focusing on: (1) the measures used by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assess states' requests for waivers to the work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents; (2) how states have used the waiver provision; and (3) whether USDA and states considered the availability of employment in adjace...
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service: Food Stamp Program--Food Stamp Provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997
OGC-99-66: Published: Sep 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) new rule on the food stamp provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. GAO noted that: (1) the interim rule would provide: (a) state agencies the authority to exempt from the food stamp time-limit at section 6(0)(2) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 up to 15 percent of the state's caseload that is subject to...