About Us

  • The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit academic research center housed in the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Established in 2002, the Center’s research informs evidence-based policy on the causes, consequences, and correlates of poverty and inequality in the United States.


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  • Policy Report Princeton-Brookings Release Event September 15, 2014

    The new policy report by authors Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois, and James P. Ziliak, University of Kentucky, explain that while programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have proven successful in terms of in reducing food insecurity, applying for and receiving SNAP benefits may be difficult for parents. Likewise, school feeding programs are sometimes incomplete, exposing children to a host of health and cognitive issues.   
    Read the policy brief here

In The News

  • Feb

    March 2nd, James Ziliak to present before the National Commission on Hunger, established by Congress in 2014, on policies to combat very low food security in the U.S.  For more information on the Commission, please visit: ... Read more

  • Feb

    Tomorrow, February 26, 2015 James Ziliak will testify before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Nutrition (under the jurisdiction of the Agriculture Committee). The purpose of the hearing is to discuss changes in recent years in who... Read more

  • Feb

    The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), in cooperation with the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will competitively award grants to qualified... Read more