State Seeks to Educate Food-Stamp Users About Healthy Eating

When California launched the Restaurant Meals Program to allow food-stamp recipients to use their food stamps at local restaurants, advocates hailed it as a solution to feeding those who don't have the means or ability to prepare their own meals. But nearly 94% of participating restaurants in the state are fast-food establishments, and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are concerned that the program may be undermining the goal of promoting healthful eating.
August 2, 2011

When California launched the Restaurant Meals Program to allow food-stamp recipients to use their food stamps at local restaurants, advocates hailed it as a solution to feeding those who don't have the means or ability to prepare their own meals. But nearly 94% of participating restaurants in the state are fast-food establishments, and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are concerned that the program may be undermining the goal of promoting healthful eating.

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