Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Working the Poor: Barriers to CalFresh Participation and Enrollment Exploring client experiences and the role of community-based organizations in outreach
by Campbell, Sarah Elizabeth, M.S., University of California, Davis, 2014, 76; 1585052
Abstract (Summary)

Abstract In this thesis, I draw on qualitative research collected through a California food bank's CalFresh outreach program to examine barriers to SNAP participation. Drawing on ethnographic methodology, I conducted participant observation, semi-structured interviews, phone surveys and numerous informal interviews in order to develop a client narrative around the application process. Through this research I explored the obstacles and barriers clients must overcome to enroll and maintain enrollment in CalFresh. My research findings revealed there are numerous barriers to participation. Some barriers are a result of being a vulnerable low-income individual or household, while others are a result of program administration or service delivery. My research also revealed that having a community based advocate or CBO intermediary significantly improved the client experience. Having assistance and an advocate throughout the application process improved the application experience as well as retention in the program. Keywords: Keywords: CalFresh Participation, SNAP, food stamps, CalFresh outreach, food bank outreach

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Galt, Ryan
Commitee: Campbell, Dave, Simpson, Sheryl-Ann
School: University of California, Davis
Department: Community Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Public policy
Keywords: CalFresh, CalFresh outreach, California, Food security, Nonprofit partnership, SNAP, Social services
Publication Number: 1585052
ISBN: 9781321608137
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