According to "Map the Meal Gap" 2012, a meal costs $2.52 on average but the analysis reveals average meal costs ranging from as little as $1.80 in Zavala, Texas to as much as $5.51 in Union, South Dakota. Among the counties with the top 10% highest food insecurity rates in the nation, food prices reach as high as 143% of the national average (or $3.60 per meal in Colusa, California). For a food insecure household struggling to afford housing, utilities and other necessities, the additional burden of expensive food can have a significant impact on a household's budget.The report recommends that more research is needed to make modifications to the SNAP Program.
Feeding America Responds To New USDA/IOM Report On The SNAP Program
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