Annual Report FY 2004 - Research at Cornell

19. Food—Insecurity or Security?

Christine M. Olson, Nutritional Sciences, and research colleagues found in a study that poor rural families receiving food stamps from the U.S. Department of Agriculture may still suffer from food insecurity. When they controlled for income and financial resources, the number of food and financial skills the mother used was one of the most significant factors in predicting whether a family was food insecure. This is the first study to show how important the food and financial skills and the health of the mother are in predicting when a family is food secure or not. The more skills the mother used, such as managing bills, making a budget, stretching foods, and preparing meals, the less likely she was to have a food-insecure household. Education in life skills such as those taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program are important ways to promote food security.

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