Thesis

SNAP's Nutritional Value

Recipients of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), especially those most marginalized, have poor nutritional diets. The research collectively points to disadvantaged socio-economic areas as a network of dynamic relationships between consumers, corporations, and government, with adverse results. Additionally, current literature advocates SNAP policy changes that reconstruct nutrition education, food restrictions, or benefit amounts. These recommendations have steady, incremental impact; however, there are discrepancies in their effectiveness, in part because of the lack of research specific to the food consumption and buying patterns of beneficiaries. Moreover, some studies have shown little significance in the relationship between SNAP benefit administration and recipient Body Mass Index (BMI), and there is a lack of empirical studies on participant nutrition and behavioral patterns specific to food deserts in both rural and urban counties. This research proposal aims to fill that void by vigorously researching urban food deserts served by the CalFresh program (California's SNAP).

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