ReportsCharacteristics and Dietary Patterns of Healthy and Less-Healthy Eaters in the Low-Income Population (PDF | 3.79 MB)
USDA. FNS. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
This report looks at dietary patterns of low-income individuals classified as "healthy" and "less healthy" eaters based on their score on the Healthy Eating Index (HEI)-2005. Findings, including dietary characteristics and dietary patterns, and implications for nutrition education are discussed. Report summary (PDF 65 KB) also available. February 2012
Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It Depends on How You Measure the Price
USDA. Economic Research Service.
Report investigates the common notion that healthier foods are more expensive than less-healthy foods. To investigate, prices of healthy and less-healthy foods were compared using three price metrics: price of food energy ($/calorie), price of edible weight ($/100 edible grams), and the price of an average portion ($/portion). The costs of meeting recommendations for each food group was also calculated. Report Summary (PDF 1.39MB) and Full report (PDF 5.55MB) also available. May 2012.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Examining the Evidence to Define Benefit Adequacy
The National Press Academies Press.
This book consists of an evidence-based review of the adequacy of SNAP allotments, specifically examining the feasibility of establishing an objective, evidence-based, science-driven definition of the adequacy of SNAP allotments consistent with the program goals of improving food security and access to a healthy diet. In addition, the book examines other relevant dimensions of adequacy; and data and analyses needed to support an evidence-based assessment of the adequacy of SNAP allotments.
Effects on Childhood Obesity of Participation in Multiple Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs
Georgia State University and Southern Methodist University.
Investigates the relationships between participation in the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and childhood
obesity. Findings show simultaneous participation in all three programs is unrelated to childhood obesity in low-income households. Click on PDF (629 KB) for full text article. March 2012
Can Low-Income Americans Afford a Healthy Diet? (PDF | 64 KB)
University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition.
This publication examines the lower diet quality that often is seen in low-income Americans and promotes affordable nutrient rich foods as a viable alternative. March 2009
It's Dinnertime: A Report on Low-Income Families' Efforts to Plan, Shop for and Cook Healthy Meals (PDF | 1.8 KB)
Share Our Strength. Cooking Matters.
This survey highlights the need for more cooking, shopping and nutrition education among low-income populations. Teaching families simple shopping strategies and practical menu planning skills can help them put healthy meals on the table more often. Report highlights are available as a PDF doc (1.8 KB). More information is available here. January 2012