Eating Meals as a Family
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as SNAP, is a federal program that helps low-income families purchase nutritious foods. SNAP is among the nation’s most important anti-hunger programs, serving 38 million people in 2019 alone. Families can make the most of their SNAP benefits with some simple planning and budgeting, helping to stretch their dollars and incorporate healthy eating.
Look for words on packaging such as “high fiber”, “high in protein”, and “no saturated fat” for more nutritiously dense snack alternatives.
Reach out to local health services departments, WIC centers, and food pantries to see if your family qualifies for more benefits or other forms of supplemental nutrition.
Eat meals together as a family. Shared family meals is a great way to connect with each other and research shows that family meals may be a protective factor for overweight, unhealthy eating, and disordered eating.
Did you know many farmer’s markets accept SNAP benefits? Some offer double dollars to help your benefits go further.
It takes time and skills to cook, but there are lots of free opportunities out there to help you transform your purchases into something delicious. Consider a program like Cooking Matters or reach out to your local food pantry for resources.
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