Food relief programs (11 - 20 of 39 items)
Food Stamp Program: Various Factors Have Led to Declining Participation
RCED-99-185: Published: Jul 2, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed states' efforts to reduce participation in the Food Stamp Program, focusing on: (1) the reasons for the recent drop in food stamp participation; and (2) any problems that households with eligible children have experienced in obtaining food stamps.GAO noted that: (1) the strong U.S. economy, tighter food stamp eligibility requirements, and welfare r...
Food Assistance: Working Women's Access to WIC Benefits
RCED-98-19: Published: Oct 16, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the extent to which Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program benefits are accessible to eligible working women, focusing on: (1) the actions taken by local WIC agencies to increase access to WIC benefits for working women; (2) asking the local WIC agency directors' opinions on the accessib...
Food Assistance Programs
RCED-95-115R: Published: Feb 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) domestic food and nutrition assistance programs, focusing on those programs that target benefits to women, children, infants, the elderly, and the needy. GAO noted that: (1) USDA food assistance programs constitute about 60 percent of the USDA budget and the Food Stamp Program accounts for more than one-half o...
Food Stamp Program: Alternative Definitions of a Household for Food Stamp Eligibility
RCED-90-137: Published: Aug 23, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Food Stamp Program, focusing on: (1) how the household definition evolved into its current form; (2) whether the current household definition contributes to homelessness; and (3) alternative household definitions for food stamp eligibility.GAO found that: (1) in 1971, a food stamp household was defined based on household members...
Food Stamp Program: The Household Definition Is Not a Major Source of Caseworker Errors
RCED-90-183: Published: Jul 26, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Food Stamp Program, focusing on whether the household definition caseworkers use to compute food stamp benefits is a significant cause of caseworker errors.GAO found that: (1) in fiscal year (FY) 1988, caseworkers' incorrect eligibility determinations relating to household definition resulted in between $23 million and $75 million in food stamp...
Food Assistance Programs: Recipient and Expert Views on Food Assistance at Four Indian Reservations
RCED-90-152: Published: Jun 18, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed food assistance programs on four Indian reservations, focusing on: (1) households that participated in the programs; (2) the programs' effects on hunger and the health of Indians on the four reservations; and (3) the availability of nutrition education.GAO found that: (1) the Food Stamp Program and the Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPI...
GAO Audit of the Food Stamp Program
T-RCED-90-10: Published: Oct 31, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1989.
GAO discussed the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) administration of the Food Stamp Program, focusing on: (1) food stamp automation; (2) alternatives for program eligibility; and (3) ways to improve benefit opportunities for eligible participants. GAO found that: (1) although food stamp automation improved client interviews and case action notification, and identified or avoided some program err...
Food Stamps: Reasons for Nonparticipation
PEMD-89-5BR: Published: Dec 8, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) determined the reported reasons why eligible households did not participate in the Food Stamp Program; and (2) compared nonparticipation reasons cited by families in 1979 with those cited in 1986.GAO found that, in 1979 and 1986, respectively: (1) 46.1 percent and 43.8 percent of eligible families participated in the program; (2) 53.8 percent and 50.7...
Welfare: Summary of Administrative Problems Discussed in Past GAO Reports
HRD-88-29BR: Published: Nov 27, 1987. Publicly Released: May 31, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) summarized the administrative problems it discussed in past reports on public assistance programs; and (2) provided questions for Congress to consider concerning welfare reform proposals.GAO found that the problems included: (1) overlapping of legislative and oversight responsibilities and a lack of consistency in terminology and definitions between...
Surplus Commodities: Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program's Operations and Continuance
RCED-88-11: Published: Oct 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), focusing on the views of Georgia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania regarding the: (1) appropriateness of the method for allocating commodities and funds among states; and (2) potential effects of the program's continuation on the states.GAO found that: (1) since...