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Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Highlights Real Cost of a Healthy Diet: 2011 Report

November 17, 2011
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November 17, 2011

An editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer on November 15 highlighted the Real Cost of a Healthy Diet: 2011 report by the Center for Hunger-Free Communities and Children's HealthWatch that found that maximum SNAP benefits fail to meet the cost of food for many families.

The editorial discusses the importance of ensuring that government benefit programs are based on criteria that accurately reflects the cost of food as well as the number of people in need of assistance. 

The editorial highlights results from the Center's report in which the Center found that families receiving the maximum SNAP benefit would have to spend an average additional $196 above their benefits to purchase the recommended 104 items in the government shopping list called the Thrifty Food Plan (on which the benefits calculations are based) for a healthy diet. The Center also found that many stores did not offer the items on the Thrifty Food Plan, including fresh fruits and vegetables. To read the full report, please see the Real Cost of a Healthy Diet: 2011 in our Reports section.

(Photo by Pauline S., Witnesses to Hunger)


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