We all know fresh fruits and vegetables are key to good health. Yet many low-income neighborhoods have limited access to fresh produce.
— Betti Wiggins, officer of nutrition services for the Houston Independent School District
“It’s important that a child is adequately nourished before attempting any activity,” said Betti Wiggins, officer of nutrition services for the Houston Independent School District, the nation’s seventh largest school district.
Every day, the district serves 280,000 meals to students, she said.
SNAP, previously known as Food Stamps, provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budgets of families ”so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency,” according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which manages the program.
The 2020 Census will help officials plan for SNAP and other federal nutrition programs for the next 10 years. SNAP receives approximately $71 billion a year in federal funds, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau.
This story is part of an occasional series on the important community benefits that come from responding to the 2020 Census.