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Healthy Eating for a Low-income Family: SNAP

Catherine Elizabeth Luedtke,
Suzy Weems*,
Janelle Walter*,
Baylor University

Full paper: www.kon.org/urc/v11/luedtke.html

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate healthy nutrition options for families living at or slightly above the poverty level. A hypothetical scenario was created and used as a basis for investigating food prices and determining the availability of healthy foods using SNAP allotments. Data were collected from local chain supermarkets. Then, a budget, shopping schedule, and meal plan were developed. A SNAP allotment of $468 per month was calculated for the hypothetical family of four, and our study found that healthful food could be provided for under $440. The results showed that SNAP allotments could indeed provide adequate resources for the purchase of nourishing foods for families on a low income.

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