SuperSNAP helps households with food insecurity to buy healthy food

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Food insecurity is associated with an unhealthy diet. Also, supplemental nutrition support programs (SNAPs), formerly known as food stamps, reduce food anxiety, but it is unclear if beneficiaries will be able to purchase adequate health foods. Therefore, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture sponsored the creation of Super SNAP. This provides SNAP beneficiaries with an additional $ 40 per month to buy fruits and vegetables without the addition of sugar, sodium or fat.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are investigating the effectiveness of SuperSNAP, which operates through a

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SuperSNAP Helps Food Insecure Households Afford Healthy Foods

Led by UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, a new JAMA study showed that an additional $40 per month for SNAP beneficiaries substantially increased the purchase of healthier food options for people who struggle with food insecurity.


CHAPEL HILL, NC – Food insecurity is associated with a less healthy diet. And using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly referred to as food stamps, is associated with reduced food insecurity, though it’s unclear if beneficiaries can afford to purchase enough healthy foods. So the National Institute of Food and Agriculture sponsored the creation of SuperSNAP, which provides SNAP

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