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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SNAP BENEFITS DON’T PAY FOR HEALTHY DIET


A new study finds that SNAP, benefits may not be enough for a healthy diet. The study, found SNAP benefits only cover 43 to 60% of what it costs to consume a diet that fulfills federal guidelines for a healthy diet. Researchers analyzed the cost to follow federal dietary guidelines based on the USDA's monthly retail price data from 2015 for fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains and proteins. The study did show that SNAP benefits were enough to cover the cost of a healthy diet for children under the age of 8 and women over the age of 51, but was not enough to cover healthy dietary needs for older children, younger women and men of any age.

Source: UPI, 9/7/17, SNAP Diet