The INP Discussion Paper Series is an informal means of disseminating papers written primarily by program personnel to generate comment and discussion. The views expressed are, of course, those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the INP Program. Correspondence concerning the substance of these papers should be addressed to the author(s) or to: Summary Some possible policy alternatives for addressing consumption and nutrition problems are discussed. These are primarily concerned with the demand side. The cost effectiveness of a general food subsidy is analyzed by a simple model and some of the salient parameters identified. This is then extended to include some relevant variations due to regional, seasonal and quality variations. Alternate schemes treated briefly are fortification, income transfers and food stamp programs.