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Can Food Stamps Do More to Improve Food Choices? An Economic Perspective-Food Spending Patterns of Low-Income Households: Will Increasing Purchasing Power Result in Healthier Food Choices?

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  • Frazao, Elizabeth
  • Andrews, Margaret S.
  • Smallwood, David M.
  • Prell, Mark A.

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The Food Stamp Program provides benefits that low-income households can use to purchase food in grocery stores. The rise in obesity has raised the question of whether food stamp participants would purchase more healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, if food stamp benefits were higher. This report examines household food spending patterns and how they differ across income levels to provide insight into how participants might change their food spending in response to additional income.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Information Bulletin with number 59430.

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Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uersib:59430

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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; ERS; USDA; Agricultural and Food Policy; Consumer/Household Economics; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Institutional and Behavioral Economics;

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  1. Thomas Vartanian & Linda Houser, 2012. "The Effects of Childhood SNAP Use and Neighborhood Conditions on Adult Body Mass Index," Demography, Springer, vol. 49(3), pages 1127-1154, August.

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