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Food Stamps, the Thrifty Food Plan, and meal preparation: the importance of the time dimension for US nutrition policy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17606249     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) has a unique role in US Nutrition Policy, integrating both dietary guidance and antihunger policies. Not only are food items in the TFP market basket chosen based on the latest dietary recommendations, but the Plan serves as the basis for inflation adjustments to Food Stamp allotments. To be economical, the TFP logically assumes that most dishes are prepared from raw ingredients. This assumption likely contradicts welfare policy, which promotes increased labor force participation of low-income women. This article presents empirical evidence on meal preparation times in US households and compares this evidence to the TFP implicit assumptions about food preparation. The trade-offs between time and money inputs used in the preparation of meals are discussed using the economist's household production approach. Implications of policy contradictions are explored, as well as related needs for research and practice.
Donald Rose
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1499-4046     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:    2007 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-03     Completed Date:  2007-08-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  226-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cookery / methods*
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Food / economics*
Nutrition Policy*
Public Assistance*
Time Factors
United States

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