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Food Expenditures and Diet Quality Among Low-Income Household and Individuals

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Research type
Promoting Healthy Eating
SNAP Benefit Use
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PDF Icon Summary (25.41 KB)
PDF Icon Final Report (6.08 MB)
PDF Icon Appendix A-E (5.47 MB)
PDF Icon Appendix F-K (2.52 MB)

The purpose of this study is to identify whether spending more money on food leads Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other low-income households to purchase and consume more nutritious foods. Specifically, the study analyzed the percentage and absolute change in diet-quality measures that are associated with a 10-percent increase in food expenditures for SNAP participants and income-eligible nonparticipants (i.e., with incomes under 130 percent of poverty). The study also seeks to identify other factors or household characteristics that may affect this relationship.

Page updated: December 15, 2021