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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.

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The Safety Net in Action: Protecting the Health and Nutrition of Young American Children

A comprehensive summary of Children’s HealthWatch findings showing the positive impact of five public assistance programs on young children’s food security, growth, and health.

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The Impact of Welfare Sanctions on the Health of Infants and Toddlers

This report summarizes the association of welfare sanctions with the health and food security of children less than 3 years of age in 6 large U.S. cities. The report is based on findings published in the July 2002 issue of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, using data collected by the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program (C-SNAP), as well as additional data […]