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Nine out of 10 people getting SNAP benefits struggle to access a healthy diet, new study shows

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

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A Family-Run Cooking School Teaches Kids To Love Healthy Foods

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Victorias-Kitchen

We here at GOBankingRates want to help get our nation’s small businesses back on their feet after the COVID-19 pandemic. To do that, we’re highlighting readers’ favorite small businesses around the country, and shining a spotlight on what makes them special to their customers and their towns.

In this edition of our Small Business Spotlight series, we’re featuring Victoria’s Kitchen LLC, a kids’ cooking school in Richmond, Virginia. Owners Ellen Victoria and Romell Luckey started the school to help their community learn the importance of eating natural, organic and fresh homemade foods while teaching young people the fundamentals of the kitchen. Here, we chat with Ellen Victoria about how her daughters’ health issues inspired her to start her business, the positive impact she hopes to bring to her community and the questions every aspiring entrepreneur should ask themselves.

Read: A Pandemic Job Loss Inspired This Coffee Shop Owner

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These foods will help you live a long healthy life










These foods will help you live a long healthy life














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Kids Cook Real Food Snack Challenge encourages kids to make their own healthy snacks this summer

Lots of West Michigan summer camps are returning to in-person programming, but that’s not the only option. The “Kids Cook Real Food Snack Challenge” is totally free, and totally virtual.

13 ON YOUR SIDE’s Meredith TerHaar spoke with founder Katie Kimball and her daughter Leah to learn more. The “Kids Cook Real Food” founder created this virtual summer offering to help kids become self-sufficient in the kitchen when it comes to creating healthy summer snacks.

The challenge begins on June 21 and runs through June 25. It will be live on Facebook and completely free. To register your kids, click here.

Here is the recipe Leah made during the story!

Peanut Butter Kisses

  • 1 part natural peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)
  • 1 part honey
  • 2 parts unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Optional: mini chocolate chips

In the clip we used 1/3 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup honey,

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