Monitoring Outcomes for Former Welfare Recipients: A Review of 11 Survey Instruments. Appendix IV-B: Food Insecurity

08/11/1999

State Food Insecurity Non-Governmental Food Assistance
Arizona USDA Food Security item #1 (adapted) 118, 157. And, during those months/this period was there ever a time when you or your family did not have enough to eat? (No, Yes, don't remember, Refused) Asked twice, last 6 mos. before exit i.e., July 97-Dec97, and months since exit (Jan 98) when NOT receiving TANF] 129. 169. Did you receive meals or food from shelters, food kitchens, or food banks? Asked twice, last 6 mos before exit, and months since exit when not receiving cash assistance.
Florida Q53. Was there ever a time when you could not afford to buy food? (From a list of things that may have happened to you since you left WAGES)

Q91. Final questions ask how satisfied you are these days with various things. The food your household eats? Very sat., satisfied, dissatisfied, very dis.

Now I would like to know whether you have received any of the following after leaving WAGES.. Q81. Food pantry? Q82. Food kitchen?
Georgia 5 USDA Food Security items (#1: enough food to eat; #2: worried about food would run out before we got money to buy more, #3: food we bought just didn't last, #4: couldn't afford to eat balanced meals). Qmode9. When you did not have enough money to buy food, what did you and your family do- go hungry, get meals or food at a shelter or kitchen, get food from a church, from friends or relatives, or some other way.
Illinois 2 USDA Food Security items (#8: cut size/skip meals; #3: food we bought just didn't last) VIII-12. For each, I'd like you to tell me whether you or someone in your household got the benefit or service (Asked during 6 mos before exit, and then mos. since exit) 15. Gifts of money or food from family or friends, 16. gifts of money or food from your church, 17. meals or food from shelters, food kitchens, or food pantries
Missouri 2 USDA Food Security items (#14 & 14a, children skip a meal for a day, and how often) and H2. During [prior month] was there a time when your household was unable to buy enough food for its needs? H3. Did you get help when your household was unable to buy enough food for its needs? H4. Why didn't you get any help? H5. Who did you get help from? (Select all that apply: family or friends, church, synagogue, or other religious organization; community programs, such as a food bank or soup kitchen; government program; other)
South Carolina 16. Was there ever a time when you had no way to buy food? (No, yes, on welfare, after welfare) 17. When you did not have money for food, what did you and your family do? (Interviewer do not read responses; check all that apply; probe: Code as: went hungry; got meals or food at shelter/food kitchen/food pantry; got meals/food/money for food from church; were given food or money for food by friends, relatives; other)
Wisconsin 37. Was there a time when you had no way to buy food? 37.1. When you did not have enough food, what did you and your family do?

81.1 Are you or your family receiving any of the following? C. Charitable food through meal programs, food pantries or shelter

Washington 6 adapted from USDA Food Insecurity items (#8: Cut size of meals, #13: happen only to adults or both to adults and children; #8: Skip meals; #14: happen only to adults or both to kids and adults? #12: Not eat for a whole day; #16 happen only to adults or both to adults and children) In the last 6 months, have you used any of the following resources/services? ... b) food banks h) Assistance from charitable organizations?
Cuyahoga/LA 7 USDA Food Insecurity items (#8: cut size/skip meals; #8a, how often did this happen; #10: eat less than felt should; #9: hungry but didn't eat; #3: food we bought just didn't last; #4: couldn't afford to eat balanced meals; #1 Enough food to eat, enough but not always the kinds). Did you or anyone in your immediate family get food from a church, food pantry, foodbank or any clothing from a church or other charitable organization in [Last month.]?
San Mateo 5 USDA Food Security Items (#1,1a & 1b: Enough food to eat & why; #12 adapted, days when H.H. had no food, or money or food stamps to buy food? #8, adapted: In the last month, did anyone skip any meals because there wasn't enough food, or money or food stamps to buy food?) 82. Possible reasons why people don't always have the kinds of food they want or need]. A) not enough money b) hard to get to store c) on diet; d) kinds of foods you want not available, e) good quality food not available. 83. Ditto for reasons why not enough to eat: a), b), c) as above, d) no working stove or refrigerator; e) not able to cook because of health problems
D.C. USDA Food Security Items #2: worried about whether food would run out; #3 Food we bought didn't last; #8 cut size/meals; #8a how often cut size/meals  

Note:  Item #s refer to the "Food-Security/Hunger Core Module: 3-Stage Design, with Screeners" USDA, Food and Consumer Services (7/28/97). See Appendix IV-A.