Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ( Snap ) Used Globally

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) used Globally Food stamps are used nationwide and people from all cultures benefit from it. From a global aspect, food stamps are viewed as ways “to buy foods in a direct way to get purchasing power to those targeted groups without the need to build or use a public distribution system. They can encourage dietary diversity as they are not linked to particular foods” (Josling, 2011). As in the United States, the purpose of SNAP is to assist low-poverty families receive adequate nutritional foods. In other counties such as Sri Lanka, food stamps were used only to purchase certain products such as rice, break, flour, and milk. It was also available to families whose household income a particular amount; however the benefits are currently terminated. Jamaica citizens receive food stamps and those who are eligible are nursing and pregnant mothers, children, and the elderly. Mexico also has food stamps for the citizen. The food stamps are used to only buy tortillas for the family. There are vouchers that could be used to substitute the tortillas for any food item. (2011, 7-9). Overall, the uses of food stamps are similar worldwide. They help aid food support to low-income families, primarily mothers. The differences in the other countries are the limitations on what can be bought with the food stamps. In the US there is no limit on what type of food being bought, however in other countries, only selected items can be bought. Mongolia experiences a food crisis in 2008 were food prices dramatically increased, citizen lost jobs, and people were forced to “eat cheaper, lower quality but higher calorie food, and to further reduce the quantity of food consumed, resulting in a less nutritious ... ... middle of paper ... ...ince the purpose of SNAP was to remove food insecurities in children and adults, there were still individuals with increased body weight and overall body mass index levels. It was determined that individuals with SNAP did not consumer healthy food options because of “insufficient time to shop for and prepare nutritious meals, or lack of nutrition knowledge and budgeting skills” (2015). SNAP consumers tend to reside in urban communities. Urban communities predominately consist of more ethic groups, such as African Americans and Hispanics. Having access to healthy food choices can help limit the prevalence of obesity for SNAP consumers. In urban community, there are less healthy food options, than in rural areas. Instead of farmers markets or store selling fresh and organic foods, there are more fast food places where people can access unhealthy foods at a low cost.

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