Food Stamp Program

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The Food Stamp Program, now known as, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the U.S. largest food assistance agency, whose annual budget is $75 billion (U.S. Dept. of Agri., 2012). SNAP was created in 1969 to help combat hunger and improve the nutrition and health of low income families. Indeed, the federal government is acting irresponsibly and contributing to Americas obesity epidemic by allowing SNAP participants to purchase junk food, such as soda; therefore, sugary based beverages should be eliminated as an acceptable food item, expand knowledge regarding nutrition education and wellness programs and lastly, revise SNAP to meet current dietary guidelines and restrict unhealthy foods to benefit recipients. Almost half of…show more content…
Dept. of Agriculture) should consider reorganization of SNAP to resemble, The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC restricts the purchase of junk food and has a specific food package, that includes such food items as, various milk products, fresh vegetables, whole grains, corn tortillas, infant formula, baby food, protein rich foods like eggs, peanut butter, and fish (Ludwig, Blumenthal, and Willett 2567). The current SNAP food choices have little influence and fail to guide participant’s proper food choices. Dietary guidelines do not even meet “MyPlate”, USDA 2011 recent revision. This lack of guidance allows families to choose foods high in calories, but low in nutrition. Recent data indicates participants of program are deficient in nutrition and obese in comparison to non-participants (Polhemus, Dalenius, Mackintosh, Smith, and…show more content…
For instance, USDA defines soda and “water ices” as having minimal nutrition for school lunch programs. Various studies have been conducted to compare the health of SNAP participants and non-participants (Polhemus, Dalenius, Mackintosh, Smith, and Grimmer-Strawn). Additionally, USDA budget for SNAP exceeds $75 billion, implementing changes and educating participants on quality food choices is beneficial in the long run because costly diseases are prevented, which are paid by taxpayers via Medicaid and other public funded health care. Lastly, implement food choice after WIC program, retailers profit by accepting SNAP benefits and will conform to new
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