FIGURE 1-2 Framework for determining the feasibility of defining the adequacy of SNAP allotments.
NOTE: Solid lines represent the food purchasing and consumption process for households participating in SNAP, independent of the program (Figure 1-1). Dashed lines represent the influence of SNAP program characteristics on this process.
this formula is a determination of the amount of total resources (financial/in-kind, and time) necessary to obtain and prepare sufficient foods for a nutritious diet. In the current program, this determination is embodied in the TFP. Calculation of the cost of the TFP is based on the average annual (across four quarters) and regional cost for each food item in the plan, taken from the Quarterly Food-at-Home Price Database (available at www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/quarterly-food-at-home-price-database.aspx). Foods from the database used in calculating the cost of the plan are chosen to be representative of foods actually consumed by low-income households. The foods identified for this hypothetical average market basket are then assessed against the recommendations of the DGA and the corresponding MyPyramid meal patterns by gender and age group. TFP is considered adequate for meeting the nutritional needs of the population based on the assumptions that SNAP beneficiaries
• purchase the foods that make up the TFP;
• are able to capitalize on the average cost per item (i.e., minimal cost fluctuation by season or region of the United States is assumed);