Resource | Research | Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Assessment of Sponsor Tiering Determinations

The Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-300) requires all Federal agencies to calculate the amount of erroneous payments in Federal programs and to periodically conduct detailed assessments of vulnerable program components. This program assessment of the Family Day Care Home (FDCH) component of USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides a national estimate of the share of CACFP family day care homes that are in the wrong reimbursement tier. FDCHs that are misclassified on their tiering levels translate into improper payments because misclassified FDCHs do not receive the appropriate level of reimbursement for the meals and snacks provided to the children. This study also estimates the dollar amount of improper payments attributable to tiering misclassifications of FDCHs.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Analysis of Verification Summary Data School Year 2004-2005 (Corrected)

This is the first of a series of annual reports which will assess the administrative error associated with School Food Authorities’ (SFAs) approval of applications for free and reduced-price school meals. More than 95 percent of students who were approved for benefits on the basis of an application were receiving correct benefits, based on the information in the application files. In school year 2004/05, 3.5 percent of all students who submitted an application for free/reduced-price meal benefits had an administrative error in the processing of their applications (4.2 percent if categorically eligible students are excluded).

Resource | Research | Food Security
Food Insecurity and Hunger in the United States: An Assessment of the Measure

This is a report of the National Academies' Committee on National Statistics, available on the National Academies' website.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Analysis of Summer Food Service Program and Food Needs of Nonparticipating Children

The Analysis of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Food Needs of Non-participating Children was designed to determine why children who attended elementary school during the 2003-2004 school year and were eligible for free or reduced-price meals did not participate in SFSP. For the purposes of this report, children who are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals will be referred to as "SFSP-eligible children." The target sample for this study was a nonprobability sample of 200 households with elementary school-aged, SFSP-eligible children. Results of the survey cannot be generalized nationwide due to the limited sample size and the restricting of sampling to households in areas of Miami, FL; Kansas City, MO; Oakland, CA; and Salisbury, MD. Eighty-three percent of the households included non-participating SFSP-eligible children while 17 percent included participating SFSP-eligible children