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The Real Cost of a Healthy Diet: Healthful Foods Are Out of Reach for Low-Income Families in Boston, Massachusetts (2005)

A report from a research team from the Boston Medical Center Department of Pediatrics revealing that, on average, the monthly cost of the Thrifty Food Plan (upon which Food Stamp Program benefits are based) is $27 more than the maximum monthly food stamp benefit allowance. A low-cost healthier diet based on the most recent nutrition guidelines exceeded the maximum monthly food stamp benefit by $148 — an annual differential of $1,776. This is an unrealistic budgetary stretch for most families who qualify for nutrition assistance.

Subsidized Housing and Children’s Nutritional Status: Data from a Multisite Surveillance Study

This article examines the relationship between receiving housing subsidies and nutritional health status among young children in low-income families, especially those that are food insecure.  In a sample of 11,723 low-income renter families; children of the food-insecure families not receiving housing subsidies had lower weight for age compared with children of food insecure families receiving housing […]