Evaluation of Demonstration Projects to End Childhood Hunger: Final Interim Evaluation Report

Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Feb 28, 2018
Authors
Ronette Briefel, Micah Melia, Bonnie Harvey, Sarah Forrestal, Gregory Chojnacki, Pia Caronongan, Andrew Gothro, Charlotte Cabili, Rebecca Kleinman, Vivian Gabor, Nicholas Redel, and Philip Gleason

Key Findings:

  • Prior to implementation, the rates of food insecurity in most demonstration projects were higher than the national rates of 41 percent for low-income households with children and 22 percent for low-income children in 2016.
  • Kentucky had the highest rate of household food insecurity (59 percent), followed by Nevada (56 percent), Chickasaw Nation (53 percent), and Virginia (53 percent). Chickasaw Nation and Kentucky had the highest rates of child food insecurity (37 percent), followed by Nevada (35 percent) and Virginia (22 percent).
  • The demonstration projects had some diversity in household income among survey respondents. More than 90 percent of households in Kentucky and Nevada had gross income at or below the poverty line, compared to 64 and 60 percent in Chickasaw Nation and Virginia, respectively.
This study—authorized by the 2010 Child Nutrition Act—tests innovative strategies to end childhood hunger and food insecurity. The interim evaluation report describes (1) the demonstration projects, (2) planning and early implementation activities, and (3) findings from the baseline data collection for four projects located within Chickasaw Nation, Kentucky, Nevada, and Virginia. A fifth demonstration project was implemented in Navajo Nation but not evaluated due to changes in program design. The demonstrations occurred during 2015-2017 and operated for 12 to 24 months.
Project

Ending Childhood Hunger: Evaluation of Demonstration Projects

Funders

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

Time Frame

2014-2018

Senior Staff

Charlotte Cabili
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Andrew Gothro
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Philip Gleason
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Ronette Briefel
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Sarah Forrestal
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Pia Caronongan
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