Why Home Cooking Isn’t Possible For Everyone – And What We Can Do About It
NC State sociologist Sarah Bowen discusses why a home-cooked meal is out of reach for many Americans — and what we can do about it.
Fulbright American Security Seminar Highlights NC State Expertise
NC State experts in public policy, sociology and political science will lead the Fulbright American Security Seminar for 90 visiting Fulbright research scholars, focusing on issues of energy, food insecurity and disaster relief.
In the News: If Congress Changes Food Stamp Requirements, Kids Will Go Hungry
In this New York Times opinion piece, several NC State sociologists say our national policies have long reflected, imperfectly, the moral imperative that children deserve adequate food ... until now.
What Children Understand About Food Insecurity
Researchers have begun asking children about their households’ lack of food—and making surprising discoveries. NC State University sociologist Sarah Bowen, who just concluded a five-year study funded by the USDA and is currently analyzing the data, interviewed 81 subjects aged 7 to 13 about their coping strategies.
Money, Not Access, Key to Resident Food Choices in ‘Food Deserts’
A new study from NC State and Campbell University finds that, while access to healthy foods is a significant challenge, the biggest variable limiting diet choices in so-called food deserts is limited financial resources.
Op Ed: Restricting What Recipients of SNAP Benefits Eat Won’t Fix Nutritional Issues
In an op-ed, NC State Associate Professors of Sociology Sarah Bowen and Sinikka Elliott bring their research to bear on a federal public hearing over how food stamps can be used. The sociologists say talk of restricting what poor people eat ignores the heart of the problem: that many poor families are struggling and have inadequate resources and support.
Thinking Outside the Kitchen
Home cooking isn't always all it's cracked up to be. Here's a more realistic account of the family dinner, and how money, time and gender norms impact how and when families eat. Sarah Bowen, sociology, featured.