Almost 90 percent of people receiving SNAP — the federal food assistance program formerly known as food stamps — are struggling to access healthy food, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study released Wednesday.
The nearly 42 million Americans receiving SNAP benefits are one of the most food insecure populations in the country, and more than half responding to a survey said they simply can’t afford the kind of nutritious food that makes up a healthy diet, the study revealed. For others surveyed, the top barriers to access included a lack of transportation to a grocery store or the time necessary to cook a healthy meal.
Stacy Dean, the USDA’s deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition, and consumer services, said the study indicates that SNAP isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do. “SNAP benefits are a nutrition lifeline for millions of Americans, so it’s vital that the