ARLINGTON, VA – As the Food Industry Association, and representing authorized partners of the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), FMI today re-emphasizes its commitment to administering the U.S. Department of Agriculture SNAP program to promote food and nutrition security for millions of Americans and provide access to nutritionally beneficial and affordable foods with the release of the revised Thrifty Food Plan.
FMI Chief Public Policy Officer and Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Jennifer Hatcher commented on the Thrifty Food Plan, stating:
“The grocery industry is proud to partner with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in perhaps the most successful public-private partnership of the last 50 years - distributing food assistance benefits in the most efficient, affordable and safest ways to every community across the country.
“The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed consumer grocery shopping habits. FMI research on shopper trends points to a strong desire among consumers to strengthen immunity and prevent disease, while preparing more meals at home and placing higher value on enjoying food with others. As 44% of Americans identify health and nutrition priorities in cooking, food retailers and suppliers continue to develop convenient, health-focused strategies to help all shoppers – including the 42 million Americans on feeding assistance – stay inspired with easy meal solutions.
“Over the years, we’ve increased our focus on providing nutritionally significant products to SNAP customers and to the nationwide network of food banks. Food retail is the largest source of donations to Feeding America’s food bank network, which provided food assistance to more than 40 million Americans last year.
“As private partners with the government ensuring efficient redemption of SNAP benefits in every community across the country, retailers look forward to continuing to maintain and build upon the successes of the SNAP program.”