Project: Report to Congress on Use of Food Stamps To Purchase Dietary Supplements
Award Year: 1998
Amount of award, fiscal 1998: $120,250.00
Institution: Life Sciences Research Organization
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This project is part of a larger U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) effort to assess the state of scientific knowledge regarding the potential value of vitamin and mineral supplements in filling nutrient gaps and the comparative impact of vitamin and mineral supplements, improved diets, and the intake of fortified foods on health status and health care costs.

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 requires the Secretary of Agriculture, consulting with appropriate outside experts, to conduct a study of the potential consequences of allowing the use of food stamps to purchase vitamins and minerals. Presently, food stamps can only be used for authorized food products and gardening supplies. This project funded the outside review and assessment of scientific knowledge. The major portion of the overall study was conducted by an internal USDA working group consisting of staff from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the Economic Research Service, the Agricultural Research Service, and the Food and Nutrition Service. The Food and Nutrition Service was the lead agency on the overall work. This portion of the project was conducted by Life Sciences Research Office, American Society for Nutritional Sciences, through a cooperative assistance agreement at a cost of $120,250. The final report was completed in November 1998. The report has been incorporated into The Use of Food Stamps to Purchase Vitamin and Mineral Supplements, delivered by Food and Nutrition Service to Congress in September 1999.

Topic: SNAP/Food Stamp Program
Levedahl, W. "The Impact on Farm Receipts of Using Food Stamps to Purchase Vitamins and Minerals," The Use of Food Stamps to Purchase Vitamin and Mineral Supplements, USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, September 1999.