USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food

 
The Thrifty, Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal Food Plans each represent a nutritious diet at a different cost. The Thrifty Food Plan is the basis for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) allotments. (All files are PDFs unless otherwise noted.)

 

 

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For information on putting the Thrifty Food Plan into practice, please see the FNCS Recipe Box -- a collection of quick, delicious, cost-effective recipes for every type of cook. The FNCS Recipe Box contains recipes for use by nutrition educators working with the SNAP-eligible population.
 
Archived Publications
 
The meal plans and recipes were developed and evaluated by The Pennsylvania State University under contract with the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Four-person families with limited incomes prepared and evaluated the menus and recipes for taste and quality. Note: This publication is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 1995 and the Food Guide Pyramid and is provided here for historical purposes.
 

 

Publication Date Title
September 2014
USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food report for AUGUST 2014
August 2014
USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food report for JULY 2014
August 2014
Official USDA Alaska and Hawaii Thrifty Food Plans: Cost of Food at Home (FIRST HALF 2014)
July 2014
USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food report for JUNE 2014
June 2014
USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food report for May 2014