SNAPPED: Examining how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation and Food Access Impact Health Outcomes Among Low- income/Low-access (LILA) Populations in Georgia

April 7, 2021   /  

Student Name: Paige Clay
Majors: Political Science, Africana Studies
Advisor: Avi Munoz, Fiacre Bienvenu

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the leading food and nutrition program intended to alleviate hunger and provide support to low-income families. Despite their prolific efforts, many low income/low access (LILA) recipients, particularly Black ones, experience barriers when it comes to food access. As a result of this, beneficiary populations resort to purchasing poor nutrient foods (sugar sweetened beverages, high sodium foods, more junk food items, etc), which increases the likelihood of negative health outcomes (obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.). In this study, I examine the relationships between SNAP participation, food access and negative health outcomes among Black LILA populations in Georgia. I assert that both SNAP participation and food access are impacting the health outcomes of Black recipients in a negative way. I do so by employing a multi methods approach composed of both a Historical/Geographical analysis and multiple linear regressions. In addition, I define and operationalize two theoretical frameworks (Intersectionality and Critical Race Theory (CRT) that both provide a lens by which one is able understand the social phenomena behind these issues, and more importantly how/why they impact the lives of Black SNAP recipients over time. My research comes out of the personal experiences that I have had with receiving SNAP benefits myself and the stigma that is associated with that. Moving forward I would love to conduct future research regarding SNAP benefit adequacy or even exploring the impacts of COVID-19 and P-EBT on Black SNAP recipients.

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Paige will be online to field comments on April 16: Noon-2 pm EDT (PST 9am-11am, Africa/Europe: early evening).

28 thoughts on “SNAPPED: Examining how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation and Food Access Impact Health Outcomes Among Low- income/Low-access (LILA) Populations in Georgia”

  1. I am so happy to see how this came together, Paige! You did such a great job building on your summer fellowship experience to create important research. Well done!

  2. Paige – This is such important research with policy implications that can have meaningful effects on the health and well being of so many people. I’m so glad that you chose to pursue this question, and that you were able to use the perspectives and tools of Political Science and Africana Studies to yield such important and policy-relevant insights.

    What was the most important insight that mapping your variables yielded?

    1. Thank you so much Professor Krain! Through mapping my variables I was able to observe participation changes (decreases/increases) and food environment shifts within these LILA communities. It was important to have a visual of this change over time and also understand the connection they have to previous and current SNAP policy additions/provisions.

  3. YAY!!!!!! Congratulations and yay again!!!! I am so proud of you and the work you have started here!!!

  4. Congrats Paige! You are such a double major smarty! The research is amazing and important and I’m excited to how you take what you’ve learned and run with it!

  5. Hi Paige, this project is so incredible and important. I’ve spent the past year assisting low-income New Yorkers with the SNAP application process, and many of the dynamics you mentioned (limited access to high nutrient foods, the stigmatization of public benefits, etc.) have been present within this work. I feel grateful that there are people like you working to analyze and better these systems. Great job and congratulations!

    1. Hi Ellie! Wow, I really appreciate this and I’m so excited to continue doing work to improve these programs in the fight against hunger and poverty!

  6. Good job, Paige!! So proud of you and so happy your I.S. is so successful!! Can’t wait to see where life takes you 🙂

  7. Wow! Really impactful research. Do you plan on continuing this work in the future ?

    1. Thank you Zoriah! I plan to continue doing similar anti-poverty and anti-hunger work this upcoming year!

  8. Congratulations on finishing your IS, Paige! What was your favorite part of the IS process?

    1. Thank you, Riley! My favorite part was getting to learn so much about SNAP from the experiences of others and also getting a better understanding of how SNAP and other safety net programs function!

  9. Such interesting work – real policy implications. congrats to you!
    Julia Klein
    Political Science ‘83

  10. Woow, I am learning new things every day, but this was just phenomenal. Thank you for all your hard work.

  11. Important research on an impactful topic. Well done Paige! Congratulations and enjoy your success!

  12. This was such an excellent project, I really loved it Paige. As someone who grew up relying on governmental food and nutrition assistance programs, parts of your research really punch me right in heart. Thank you for doing this work. Sending blessings your way.

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