Increased access to food assistance programs may reduce child neglect

Anna Austin is a professor at the Gillings School of Public Health and a researcher (Sophie Mallinson / Carolina Connection)

A recent UNC study suggested a way to combat child abuse and neglect – food, or, making it affordable, that is. Over 41 million Americans use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP – formerly known as food stamps. Through this program, households receive on average $240 a month for food.

A study lead by UNC child health researcher Anna Austin found that states that expanded SNAP eligibility saw a decrease in Child Protective Services, or CPS, investigations for child abuse and neglect. 

Austin joined Carolina Connection’s Sophie Mallinson to discuss her work.

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