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SNAP Decisions: Pushing for Changes in Food Assistance Program

Food Assistance Program

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  • While the federal food assistance program (SNAP) has succeeded in fighting hunger, it has largely failed in providing adequate, much less optimal, nutrition
  • Soda is the No. 1 purchase made by SNAP (and non-SNAP) households
  • About 20 cents of every food purchase dollar was spent on junk foods, including sweetened drinks, desserts, salty snacks, candy and sugar (a similar rate among both SNAP and non-SNAP households)

By Dr. Mercola

About 23 million U.S. households receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, amounting to an average of $253 a month, which can be used to buy "any food or food product for home consumption."

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