AUGUSTA COUNTY -- Making sure families eat healthy foods continues to be a public health challenge for families around the world. Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics said that's also true for low-income families.
Some low-income families participate in a supplemental nutrition assistance program, called SNAP. The pediatrics study said some children whose families participate in SNAP don't get enough nutrients.
The study also said SNAP participants drank more sugary beverages and ate more high-fat dairy foods, but the study showed SNAP participation is not associated with more childhood obesity.
Isaac Moore, a volunteer at the Verona Community Food Pantry, said getting healthy foods to families is important.
“It makes you feel good, because this is the reason you come here,” said Moore. “We make sure everyone gets the food they need, the nutrition they need for their kids and for themselves. That's the main job.”
The SNAP program is paid for by the federal government.
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