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Roe Introduces the Healthy Food Choices Act

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Washington, September 10, 2013 | Tiffany McGuffee (202-226-8072) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) introduced H.R. 3073, the Healthy Food Choices Act. H.R. 3073 would update the food guidelines for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to bring them in line with the purchasing standards for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.  This would ensure the foods that SNAP recipients are purchasing are healthy and nutritious.

Roe released the following statement on the legislation:

“As a physician, I realize the importance of healthy eating, and as an obstetrician, I’ve seen how the WIC program helps empower families receiving assistance to use taxpayer dollars to purchase healthy, wholesome foods. If these guidelines are good and healthy enough for women and children, then SNAP recipients should also benefit from adhering to the same standards.

“Already, states like Wisconsin and South Carolina have shown interest in improving the healthfulness of choices in their SNAP programs. By giving SNAP recipients more nutritious choices, we can take a meaningful step towards ending hunger in America.”

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