Real Cost of a Healthy Diet: 2011

In new research conducted at the Philadelphia site of Children’s HealthWatch, we replicated the 2008 study, Coming Up Short: High Food Costs Outstrip Food Stamp Benefits, examining the affordability and accessibility of healthy food in three types of stores in Philadelphia.  The study showed that families of four who receive the maximum SNAP benefit experience a $2,352 annual shortfall and that more than a third of the food items were missing across all store types.  Protecting SNAP’s existing entitlement structure is critical to ensuring that families continue to get the support they need to provide healthy food for their children.

Click here to read more about the methodology of the research study.