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Impact of Elimination of the Food Stamp Program's Purchase Requirement on Participants' Food Purchases

  • Larry E. Salathe (a1)

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The Food Stamp Act authorizes the distribution of food coupons (stamps) to households which meet certain income eligibility requirements. This legislation enables low-income households to buy more food of greater variety to improve their diet. In fiscal 1979, the cost of the Food Stamp Program amounted to $6.7 billion and the number of persons participating in the program averaged 18.9 million.

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Impact of Elimination of the Food Stamp Program's Purchase Requirement on Participants' Food Purchases

  • Larry E. Salathe (a1)

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