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How Economic Conditions Affect Participation in USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs

This study, based on 1976-2010 data, examines the relationship between US economic conditions and participation in the USDA ;s five largest nutrition assistance programs. The results of this study strongly suggested that, to varying degrees, economic conditions influenced participation in all of the major nutrition assistance programs, not just in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP; formerly the Food Stamp Program).