Date of Award


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Thesis open access

First Advisor

David Ribble


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded public food program that combats food insecurity by providing credits to SNAP recipients for the purchase of food products. SNAP is effective in addressing hunger, a symptom of poverty, but is ineffective at addressing nutritional inequity, another symptom of poverty, and is also ineffective at addressing the roots of poverty itself. I propose a localized sourcing model for SNAP which addresses both the symptoms and roots of poverty by improving the capacity of the policy to address nutritional inequity and economic injustices. The localized sourcing model benefits the communities in which SNAP dollars are spent and the local foods industry, while supporting SNAP retailer businesses. The model also lays the groundwork for the expansion of a sustainable local foods system without impeding economic efficiency.

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