LIMITED ACCESS TO QUALITY FOODS
For individuals receiving support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and local food programs, access to high quality, nutritious foods can still remain limited to completely unavailable. Low cost and long shelf life often factor into the food selected by participants at the grocery store, stretching their SNAP benefits to provide as many meals as possible for their family.
In turn, the ability to manage highly perishable foods in a food bank or food pantry, often eliminates these options from programs as well. The fresh produce, milk, and meats that many American’s consume as part of a balanced diet, are simply too costly or inaccessible to those facing food insecurity.
Despite a lack of availability, the most commonly requested items at food pantries are: