Purdue Researchers Find Education Programs Help Food Insecure People
By: Jill Sheridan
December 22, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS – A new study from researchers at Purdue University finds that education programs for food insecure people in Indiana can make a lasting impact.
All the people in the study are enrolled in the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program also called SNAP. Assistant Professor of nutrition science at Purdue, Heather Eicher-Miller says the study, recently published in the Journal of Nutrition, used and then evaluated SNAP education lessons.
The study is one of the first to evaluate long-term lessons and 575 low-income Hoosiers participated.
One person per family received the education. The study reports it increased food security by twenty five percent over a year.
Eicher-Miller says the findings show the lessons could mean lasting change.
The curriculum differs by state but has to adhere to some federal guidelines. Purdue is following up with another study to determine the impact of improved nutrition for people on SNAP.