Food Access and Costs Publications

Accessing and affording healthy food can be a struggle in many low-income communities. FRAC’s analyses look at the challenges facing such communities and then outline solutions.

A Half-Empty Plate
The report – containing data down to the congressional district level — analyzes how the struggle by households to obtain affordable healthy food presents itself by race, income, health status, and in different parts of the country.

A Tightening Squeeze
In this analysis of federal data, FRAC looks at what has happened to food spending by the median household
(and the median household among certain race and ethnic groups), finding a truly stunning drop in household expenditures from 2000 to 2010.

Replacing the Thrifty Food Plan in Order to Provide Adequate Allotments for SNAP Beneficiaries (Report summary)
Providing an introduction to the Thrifty Food Plan, one of USDA’s four food plans and the basis for determining food stamp benefit levels, this brief details the plan’s weaknesses and limitations. It discusses why a more adequate food plan should be the basis for SNAP benefit allotments rather than the current Thrifty Food Plan, and concludes with a brief overview of the favorable impact of more adequate benefit levels on food spending and health. (Report summary)