The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) seeks to stimulate
innovative research related to federal food assistance programs
such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP
(formerly Food Stamps) and the National School Breakfast/Lunch
Program, and to support training of researchers interested in
food assistance issues.
Since 2000, the U.S. poverty rate has increased and the poor have
become poorer. Along with hardships brought on by the Great
Recession, welfare reform, the prison boom, the rise of
short-term and low-wage jobs, political decisions at the federal
level, declines in union membership, and high rates of
joblessness have all contributed to deepening poverty in America.