Dr. David Ribar, professor of economics in UNCG’s Bryan School, will discuss federal policy and programs dealing with childhood hunger during a presentation at the National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics April 8-9.

His presentation is part of a workshop investigating childhood hunger and food insecurity with a goal of reviewing current knowledge, identifying substantial research gaps and analyzing data regarding economic, health, social, cultural and demographic factors that contribute to the problem.

Ribar’s research into poverty includes in-depth studies on the ways federal and state welfare and food stamp assistance programs impact recipient’s lives. Recent work includes a USDA-backed study into Guilford County Schools’ universal free breakfast program and an analysis of South Carolina’s welfare caseload. Ribar has also investigated poverty issues on a personal level, twice blogging about his family’s experiments to eat meals recommended by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) and the USDA’s Thrifty Food Plan budget.

The National Academy of Sciences workshop is presented in collaboration with departments from the Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


By Lanita Withers Goins