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Can Food Stamps Do More to Improve Food Choices? An Economic Perspective—Higher Cost of Food in Some Areas May Affect Food Stamp Households’ Ability To Make Healthy Food Choices

by Mark Nord and Heather Hopwood

Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-29-3) 4 pp, September 2007

The cost of “enough food,” estimated from the amount that low- and medium-income households in a geographic area report needing to spend to just meet their food needs, differs substantially across States and among metropolitan areas. In areas with high food costs, many food-stamp recipients are likely to have inadequate food resources to support healthy food choices.

Keywords: Food Stamp Program, food consumption, food prices, food expenditures, nutrition education, behavioral economics, food choices, diet, health, fruits and vegetables, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program, FANRP

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Last updated: Friday, August 02, 2013

For more information contact: Mark Nord and Heather Hopwood