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COVID-19 SNAP Project

We study how states respond to federal changes in SNAP policy due to COVID-19.

Serves in United States of America
Created 5 months ago
46 Volunteers

About the Project


The COVID-19 SNAP project is an academic project aimed at using legal mapping and epidemiology methods to understand how SNAP influences food security in the United States during COVID-19.

SNAP is a USDA program that provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. Due to COVID-19, the USDA has granted states significant program flexibilities and contingencies to best serve program participants. While many resources outline these flexibilities and provide some comparison, we aim to provide a rigorous and standardized state-by-state study on the administration and implementation of these flexibilities to determine how these policy levers affect food insecurity.

How far along is it

We have developed a research question, drafted a codebook, created processes for searching through data, met with policy advisors/non-profits/academics for future collaboration/dissemination, and are currently coding legal data.

Help Needed

Skills needed
Tasks that need to get done

[Geographic information system developer]: Need someone who understands GIS to create visualizations from our dataset. We are attempting to get access to ArcGIS, but have also looked into qGIS/leaflet as a free alternative.

- Work directly with managers to understand project details and create a plan to implement the policy work into an understandable, digestible map.
- Create a filterable map with policy data and other COVID-19 outcomes data for our project.
- Incorporate datasets from our collaborators into the mapping software.
- Offer solutions to various problems that arise related to mapping.

[Web Scraping Developer] Working with ScraPy and ScrapingHub.

- Working directly with our GitHub program to scrape data from state websites and federal websites.

Project details

Who is already working on this

We are health and policy researchers from Columbia University and University of Miami. Our core team consists of a faculty lead, two co-managers, six policy researchers, and a handful of intermittent technology volunteers.

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Organization status
Not incorporated