Resource Economics Practicum: Food Bank of Western MA

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.

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RES-ECON 298/ 498: Practicum

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Program identifies community participants.

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January 1, 2013 to May 1, 2013


Andrew Morehouse, Director
Food Bank of Western MA
Hatfield, MA 01038
United States
United States

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Julie Caswell

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Julie Caswell

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College of Social & Behavioral Sciences/Resource Economics

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