Sugary Beverages in Food Stamps

New Estimate of Sugary Beverages Purchased

Using Food Stamps

 

$14.54 billion a year

 

Coke Stack

14% of my $997.16 sample of receipts, in full-service grocery stores, was for sugary beverages.[1]

85% of food stamp purchases are in full-service grocery stores.

$78 billion is the annual food stamp program expenditure.

 

$9.28 billion for sugary beverages in full-service grocery stores.

 

Assume that 45% of food stamp purchases in convenience stores are sugary beverages.

15% of food stamp purchases are in convenience stores.

$78 billion is the annual food stamp program expenditure.

 

$5.26 billion for sugary beverages in convenience stores.

 

$9.26 billion

$5.26 billion

$14.54 billion for sugary beverages in full-service and convenience stores.


[1] Shenkin and Jacobson quote a study where 6.19% of grocery bills of SNAP participants was for carbonated drinks, a subset of sugary beverages. He got this number from a large grocery chain which was not willing to be cited out of concern for media and government pushback. In my receipts, carbonated drinks comprise 50%, $70.26 of $139.33, of the sugary beverages. Double 6.19% and you arrive at nearly the 14% of sugary drinks in the $997.16 sample, lending weight to the 14% number.

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