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Living on the edge: examination of people attending food pantries and soup kitchens.
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PMID:  12194406     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article presents information from a study of people receiving food assistance services from food pantries and soup kitchens in Virginia. The data indicate that significant numbers of individuals and families--many of whom are employed--are seeking food assistance. Many of these individuals also have been homeless, victims of domestic violence, unable to pay their utility bills, or have lost their public benefits. A critical issue raised by the findings is the low rate of participation in the food stamp program. Fewer than 40 percent of the respondents were receiving food stamps. Although the food stamp program is intended to help households buy a nutritionally adequate diet, there is growing concern that a large segment of low-income Americans are slipping through this safety net. The article concludes with suggestions for social work interventions to address issues of food security.
Marilyn A Biggerstaff; Patricia McGrath Morris; Ann Nichols-Casebolt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social work     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0037-8046     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Work     Publication Date:  2002 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-26     Completed Date:  2002-09-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984852R     Medline TA:  Soc Work     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  267-77     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1001 Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23284-2027, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Family Characteristics
Food Services / utilization*
Logistic Models
Public Assistance / utilization
Social Work

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