Can Food Stamps Do More to Improve Food Choices? An Economic Perspective-Stretching the Food Stamp Dollar: Regional Price Differences Affect Affordability of Food

Significant regional differences in food prices affect how far food stamp benefits can go toward enhancing the diet of low-income consumers in a given region. In regions where average food prices exceed the national average, food stamp benefits may not provide the same level of coverage as the same benefit would in below-average-price regions. This report measures average prices paid across U.S. regions. Results show that a household made up of a family of four in the East or West could spend $32-$48 more per month for a similar amount of food than the average U.S. household, whereas a household in the South and Midwest could spend $12-28 less per month than the average U.S. household.


Issue Date:
2007-09
Publication Type:
Report
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Record Identifier:
https://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/59428
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/59428
Total Pages:
4
Series Statement:
Economic Information Bulletin
Number 29-2




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