In this service-learning class, students did work to evaluate the adequacy of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits in Western MA in cooperation with the Food Bank of Western MA. They found that the current formula used by SNAP to determine the benefits of participants needs to be updated to capture the experience of people living in Western MA—particularly to reflect food and housing costs that are higher than the national average.
Course Name and Number:
RES-ECON 298/ 498: Practicum
Program Impact Region:
Program identifies community participants.
Program Start (and End Dates):
January 1, 2013 to May 1, 2013
Andrew Morehouse, Director
Food Bank of Western MA
Hatfield, MA 01038United States
Program Director's Email Address:
UNIT: Colleges, Schools, Departments, Centers, and Institutes:
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences/Resource Economics
This Project Receives External Funding: