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In this paper we first study where food purchases are made by SNAP recipients in comparison to eligible and ineligible non-SNAP recipients. Particularly, we analyze whether SNAP recipients use retail food outlets which generally have lower prices and how far they travel to purchase food. We next compare the timing of shopping decisions between SNAP recipients and SNAP eligible non-recipients. We study whether SNAP recipients make a higher percentage of their food purchases at one time close to the receipt of SNAP benefits and how is local food geography related with the timing of purchases by SNAP recipients.

Keywords: SNAP ; food geography ; food purchase ; food access

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Consumer/Household Economics

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

Food Security and Poverty

Issue Date: 2014

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

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Total Pages: 5

Record appears in: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) > 2014 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2014, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Author: Baylis, Katherine R. ; Fan, Linlin ; Gundersen, Craig ; Michele, Ver Ploeg ; James, Ziliak


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