Elaine Waxman

Elaine Waxman


  • 30000 Social Intervention:  Programs and Policies

Job experience

  • Senior Fellow, Center on Income and Benefits Policy, The Urban Institute
  • Vice President, Research and Nutrition, Feeding America 
  • Field Instructor, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, The University of Chicago
  • Director of Social Policy Research and Analysis, Feeding America

  • Researcher, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, The University of Chicago

Fields of Special Interest

  • Poverty and social welfare policy
  • Food insecurity, nutrition and social determinants of health
  • Low-income employment and work opportunity

Publications or presentations

  • Seligman, H.K., Lyles, C.R. Prendergast, K., Marshall, M.B., Smith M. & Waxman, E. (2015, under journal review) “Longitudinal Evaluation of an On-Site Food Bank Diabetes Intervention Including Diabetes-Appropriate Food.”

  • Fiese, B.H., Koester, B.K., Gundersen, C. & Waxman, E. (2015, under journal review) “Weekend Feeding Program Has Appreciable Effect on School Attendance: A Comparison Group Design.”
  • M.M. Ippolito, Lyles, C.R., Prendergast, K., Waxman, E., Marshall, M.B., & H.K. Seligman. (2014, under journal review).  “Food Insecurity and Diabetes Self-Management among Food Pantry Clients: a Cross-Sectional Study.”

  • Gundersen, C., Engelhard, E. & Waxman, E. (2014). “Map the Meal Gap: Exploring Food Insecurity at the Local Level.” Applied Economic Policy and Perspectives. 36 (3): 373-386.

  • Snelling. A., Jacknowitz, A., Maroto, M. & Waxman, E. (2014). “Key Factors for School-Based Food Pantries: Perspectives from Food Bank and School Pantry Personnel.” Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 9 (3): 350-361.

  • Gundersen, C., Engelhard, E., Satoh, A. & Waxman, E. (2014). Map the Meal Gap: Findings for Overall and Child Food Security 2014. Chicago, IL:  Feeding America.

  • Fiese, B.H., Koester, B.D., & Waxman, E. (2014).  “Balancing Household Needs: Non-Food Needs for Food Pantry Clients and Implications for Program Planning.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues. 35: 423-421.

  • Waxman, E., Santos, R., Daley, K., Fiese, B., Koester, B. & Knowles, E. (2013). In Short Supply: American Families Struggle to Secure Everyday Essentials.  Chicago, IL: Feeding America.

  • Zedlewski, S., Waxman, E. & Gundersen, C. (July 2012).  SNAP’s Role in the Great Recession and Beyond. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.

  • Waxman, E. (Spring 2012).  “The Costs and Impacts of Rising Food Prices Among Low-Income Households.”  The Journal of Food Law and Policy. 8 (1):212-221.