- Low-income families report that to meet their food needs, they would need to spend an additional $4-$9 per person weekly on food. “Food-insecure” families, who are more likely to be poorer, report needing to spend an additional $12-$20 per person weekly.
- If households received an additional $30 per month per person in SNAP benefits (which would be about a 20% increase in the cost of the Thrifty Food Plan, the basis for SNAP benefits), their food spending would go up by about $19 per person, based on the food spending patterns of households with somewhat more resources.
- That increase in food spending, in turn, would raise consumption of more nutritious foods--households would consume more tomatoes and vegetables and less fast food.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
HIGHER SNAP BENEFITS MEANS MORE FOOD, BETTER NUTRITION
Boosting SNAP benefits raises not only the amount that low-income households spend on groceries but also its nutritional quality, according to a new study. The study’s main findings include:
Source: Center for Budget & Policy Priorities, 6/14/16, More SNAP, Better Nutrition