Unemployment is the root cause of troubles all across the globe. When it comes to social welfare payments, it depends on the circumstances, type of work and other factors in order to continue receiving them. There are several people who cannot afford to eat healthy food simply because they are not rich. The welfare payments do not pay off enough to consume a balanced diet daily. There is a rise in health and nutritional inequalities between the various socio-economic groups.
CAN PEOPLE EAT HEALTHILY WHILE SURVIVING ON SOCIAL WELFARE PAYMENTS?
Even though it is easy to say yes, this just does not happen. Just like in the case of America, the poor people are getting lesser nutritious food over anyone else. The widening of wealth gap has manifested itself in not only the facilities but also on the food supply.
People who suffer from poverty know what all they need to consume in order to attain a healthy diet but they do not have any means of consuming it. They remain ignorant of the places where they can easily buy affordable healthy food. The key factor in attaining a balanced healthy diet is having a steady supply of healthy food.
When it comes to financial difficulties, the households having low annual income find it hard to purchase good quantity and quality of food items. The financial budget constraints take a toll on a balanced diet. Family members, especially women, cut down on the nutritional intake and consume less food in order to give it to the children.
FAMILIES LIVING ON WELFARE PAYMENTS CAN AFFORD FOOD TO FILL STOMACHS AND NOT TO EAT HEALTHY
A healthy diet consists of proper nutritional intake which involves consumption of fresh green vegetables and fruits on a daily basis. A healthy diet also provides various health benefits like stronger immunity, increased strength, protection against some cancers and cardiovascular diseases etc. The families which miss out on nutritional food tend to remain bereft of such benefits.
The families who have to feed themselves on welfare payments are not even able to afford sufficient fresh food, let alone consume fruits and green vegetables on a daily basis. People who have limited resources and have to live life on welfare payments, tend to consume belly-filling foods over other foods. Vegetables cannot fill the stomach alone but chapattis do that. When they have to splurge, people with low budgets tend to choose treats like biscuits which are cheap over a bag of fruits.
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Supplemental nutrition assistance program tries to decrease the food insecurity. According to various reviews and studies held between 2003 and 2014, the people under SNAP consume the nearly equal amount of calories. However, the quality of food was found to be lower in case of low-income Americans.
46.5 million people rely on food stamps for consumption. Healthier eating habits are usually adopted by wealthier Americans who can afford to spend on quality food. When it comes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps, there is $1.50 per meal allocated to an individual. Similarly, other Governmental assistance programs work to provide for barest of family needs and not want.
But this does not mean that food stamps don’t work at all. According to Census Bureau data given every year, welfare programs help in getting people get back on track. It also helps in reducing the poverty of almost 4.8 million people.
USE OF EDUCATION AND GOOD BANKS FOR SOLVING THE PROBLEM
Even though this looks harmless, in the long run, it can lead to malnutrition. Even though the Government is taking steps to ensure providing education related to benefits of consumption of nutritional food, the limited resources make it a difficult job to do so. It is not possible to buy affordable food within the confines of meagre living wages- no matter how much one is educated to do so.
It is easy to preach the benefits of healthy food, however, when it comes to practicality the households find themselves unable to buy. A sector of the society still believes in consuming ready meals, processed food items since they can’t cook. Despite being costlier than fresh food items, the packaged meals help them in getting a quick meal.
There has been a rise in the food banks without a rise in the wages of the individuals living on social welfare services. The food banks should remain reserved for emergency purposes only. Food banks only serve calorie intake to the members to ward off hunger rather than provide the individuals with fresh food items.
TO SUM IT UP
Healthy food is expensive to consume. The people relying on welfare payments cannot consume a balanced healthy diet on daily basis. They fall short of income and resources. Even though it can lead to malnutrition and weakened immunity, they do not have other measures.