The percentage of children malnourished and experiencing food insecurity in America is too high. This means members of these households are constantly worrying when resources for food no longer are available. Not being able to afford adequate nutrition affects children the most as it will impact their mental and physical health; causing our youth to produce unhealthy habits as adults if no knowledge of nutrition is passed on.
Food assistance gives many families the opportunity to gather more than their weekly check can provide. This is important to the millions of people who depend on it.
In the full spectrum, food assistance is a large part of the food economy, The Food Stamp Program came in the early 60’s beginning with pilot programs, and in 1964 the Food Stamp act allowed countries or cities who wanted to apply the ability to do so.
By increasing the resources available to households, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) redemptions totaled $76 billion in 2013, representing more than 10 percent of sales at supermarkets. In 2017, around $63 billion in SNAP benefits were redeemed.
SNAP has benefited participants to spend more on food which induces stores to open and expand in which causes more business for the retailer. This domino effect helps low income neighborhoods to have access to larger format supermarkets, which also promotes healthier eating habits for households to pass on.