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healthy vs junk food Perpetuating cycle: People on government assistance denied even the CHANCE to have a healthy diet.
Written by Jayson Veley Read More Button
According to a recent study conducted by North Carolina State University and the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, may not be providing people with the amount of money required to maintain healthy eating habits. The study found that SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, only subsidizes people with 43-60 percent of what it actually costs to remain consistent with federal dietary guidelines regarding what is considered to be a healthy diet.
"The federal government has defined what constitutes a healthy diet, and we wanted to know how financially feasible it was for low-income households, who qualify for SNAP benefits, to follow these guidelines," explained Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, the co-author of a paper on the study who also happens to be an assistant professor of agricultural and human sciences at North Carolina State.
Instead, what our country should be doing is putting an emphasis on hard work and determination so that people no longer have to rely on SNAP in the first place. With hard work comes success, with success comes money, and with money comes the ability to purchase healthier food options.