Funding for Nutrition Benefits Programs Informed by Census Statistics

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
We all know fresh fruits and vegetables are key to good health. Yet many low-income neighborhoods have limited access to fresh produce. That’s why programs such as the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the National School Lunch Program are vital to the health of communities. Knowing how many children are in an area helps federal, state, and local officials evaluate funding for nutrition programs. “It’s important that a child is adequately nourished before attempting any activity,” said Betti Wiggins, officer of nutrition services for the Houston Independent School District, the nation’s seventh largest school district. Every day, the district serves 280,000 meals to students, she said.  SNAP, previously known as Food Stamps, provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budgets of families "so they can purchase healthy food and move toward self-sufficiency,” according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which manages the program. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: United States Census Bureau