We believe in connecting people through food they love, but we know that making time for connection can be hard—even for families with plenty of food and resources available. For people experiencing food insecurity, it can be even harder to prepare and enjoy a meal together.
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service published new research outlining barriers to healthy eating among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants. According to the report, 88% of SNAP participants report experiencing barriers to eating healthy throughout the month. In celebration of National Family Meals Month, our nutrition team shares their tips to make nutritious family meals easier for all families to enjoy together.
30% of SNAP participants report lack of time to prepare meals from scratch as a barrier to healthy eating.
Many SNAP participants purchase raw ingredients and cook from scratch to stretch a limited budget. Scratch cooking often takes more time than quick scratch cooking methods. Thanks to the recent updates to the Thrifty Food Plan and increases to benefits, SNAP participants will soon have more flexibility when purchasing food and ingredients, that may help decrease time spent on meal prep.
Simple changes in ingredient choices and meal prep methods can help people get meals on the table faster.
61% of SNAP participants find it difficult to afford foods that are part of a healthy diet.
People’s understanding of “healthy” can make them pass over good options in the center aisles of the store. For example, canned and frozen fruits and veggies can be just as nutritious as fresh options, yet, research found some people think frozen and canned veggies, which are typically cheaper than fresh, are not as healthy as their fresh counterparts. Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are typically picked at the peak of freshness and frozen or canned within hours, making them a nutritious and budget-friendly option. Thoughtful planning and a few shifts in food choices can keep you on budget.
We believe in making nutritious, great tasting food accessible for all, and with thoughtful planning and simple cooking shortcuts, families can make it easier to enjoy meals together.
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