5 Surprising Things You Can Buy With Food Stamps

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Reductions in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, automatically kick in today as a result of the expiration of provisions the 2009 stimulus bill. Meanwhile, Congressional leaders are debating what further cuts will be made to the program as part of negotiations over the farm bill. Republicans are pushing to make benefits less generous and to increase work requirements; Democrats disagree.

An issue that hasn’t gotten as much attention during these debates is what food-stamp recipients are able to buy with their benefits. Public health advocates like Michele Simon have long argued that the lack of restrictions on the types of food aid-recipients can buy has helped fuel an American health crisis caused by unhealthy eating. Writes Simon:

“Much attention has focused on how agricultural subsidies fuel our cheap, unhealthy food supply. In reality, the largest and most overlooked taxpayer subsidy to Big Food in the farm bill is SNAP, which now represents more than ten percent of all grocery spending.”

So what exactly can SNAP recipients buy with their benefits? There are a few restrictions, against alcohol, and tobacco for instance. But curiously, most junk food is fair game, calling into question whether the “nutrition” in SNAP means much to lawmakers at all. Here are just a few of the items one can buy:

  • Red Bull
  • Sugary Soda
  • Candy
  • Mixes for alcoholic beverages
  • Artificial sweetener

Of course, big agribusiness is complicit in the structure of the food stamp program. Simon gives the example of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to bar food-stamp recipients from buying sugary soft drinks with SNAP dollars. Big companies like Pepsi and Coca-Cola fought back against the measure, which was ultimately vetoed by the Department of Agriculture, saying that the measure would be unworkable.

But take a look at the current restrictions the Agriculture Department places on food stamp use, and it’s difficult to understand why proscribing junk food purchases would be all that difficult. The list of items that one can’t buy with food stamps but that are also commonly found in supermarkets is extensive, including the aforementioned alcohol, but also pet food, ornamental gourds, and prepared foods. Why would barring junk food be functionally different than barring alcohol?

Hunger advocates have pushed back against food-stamp restrictions. But as Simon points out, Walmart and other corporate beneficiaries of SNAP spend millions of dollars each year funding anti-poverty groups. This is laudable, but it is also perhaps a way to fund advocacy initiatives that dovetail with these corporations profit motive as well.

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wolkenkaiser
wolkenkaiser

Okay, so where is all this money going to alleviate poverty? And, is it even getting to where it should be getting? Furthermore, is it even enough? Because, by such reasoning, you'd think the numbers of the poor would diminish or hold relatively stable, instead of steadily and consistently increasing.

I'm all about people not being allowed to buy stuff like Sour Patch Kids and margarita mixes with food stamps, but cutting back SNAP benefits is like every other attempt to whittle away at the so-called "welfare sate": it puts people out onto the streets to beg or steal. I'd rather we pay to put people indoors and feed them than have to step over panhandlers like I'm in some American Calcutta, or pay for them to be housed and fed in jails (which is even MORE expensive!). Besides, how come these people who are all about government fiscal responsibility never mention a word about the price tag of the F-35 or the USS Gerald Ford?

I dislike abortion, too, but I don't want women risking their lives in back-alley abortion clinics or wallowing in misery in shotgun weddings. Sometimes you just have to go with the lesser of the evils. Besides, instead of blaming the poor for being poor, why not start reining in those plutocrats who continually amass more and more of the world's resources and wealth? We have enough to go around, if we'd share. You're just playing into their hands, spitting on people who sleep beneath bridges or live in tenements; and, the way things are going, you'll be joining their ranks eventually.

You're not stupid, people; so stop acting like you are.

CharlesAlfredDiaz
CharlesAlfredDiaz

@wolkenkaiser If there were no legal abortions women would choose back alley abortions at their own risk. Don't even begin to compare the United States to Calcutta, India. Not even remotely close. Stop acting stupid.

PageandPalate
PageandPalate

Ah, so many judgmental folks, so little time. News flash: Not everyone who uses EBT (food stamps) is "milking" the system. My husband and I have been at the same job for 11 years and 16 years, respectively. We have three college degrees between us. We also have a child. We have been paying into the "system" our entire lives, which means that this money is ours to spend as WE choose, as long as we are following the rules as outlined by the USDA (no alcohol, "hot foods," cleaning supplies, medicines, etc.) Shame on those of you who throw stones while living in glass houses - perhaps you will be in the shoes of the working poor one day. 

JaneHubbard
JaneHubbard

@PageandPalate But people fail to understand that these social programs were for the permanently disabled like blind, schizophrenic, terminal cancer patients or paralyzed people who cannot work or are not hired etc.
They are also for the elderly and orphaned children. I have 6 years of college but am permanently disabled,.
it is a big problem when people who can work take from the programs from people who will not be hired in today's competitive market even if they could work.
Studies in 20 states have shown that Walmart's workers top the list of every single social program in 19 of these states.
So in 19 of 20 states, Walmart's workers got bulk of the housing, utility, legal, school lunches, food stamps, WIC, medical, and so forth.
this glut of people who are able to work takes away from those with no hope as they continually cut the programs as too many people are on it. these cut food stamps in back door cuts and what Medicaid covers, they have much less available on programs like housing or heap or PIP. there has only been one social security raise or cost of living increase in 8 years, so although everything goes up in price we got maybe an 8 dollar increases in the last 8 years due to low income workers flooding the roles at least in part.
Then they take that raise and they do back door cuts like increasing the rent and lowering the food stamps so one never gets any more money..despite prices skyrocketing they say there have been no cost of living increases except that one year...that is bull.

JaneHubbard
JaneHubbard

Taxpayers are subsidizing Walmart workers--the richest company in the world has its managers give new employees papers ion how to apply for every social program and encourages them to apply as the wages are so low and Walmarts is too cheap to give its employees medical.
What we need is an increase in wages to have a living wage so these poor workers are not eligible for these programs.
The days of the welfare queen is gone and generations on welfare also ended..it ended in the 90s and those people either killed themselves, moved in with someone or found a job.
Now we have lifetime limits or how long an individual can stay on welfare, It ranges by 18 months to a few states have 5 years..most are about 2-3 years in your lifetime so the real people hurting the system are income workers and of course their bosses and employers who wont pay their fair share as naturally someone eligible is going to take it as they have to to make it.
I don't mean to sound unsympathetic to your case and those like you but often the disabled also pay in or do through their spouse if full time mothers then divorced and they are unable to find work or cant do the work.
With 100 people lining up for every job does anyone really believe that they are going to hire the 73 year old or the person with ms or a serious mental illness o who can barely walk due to cancer etc. These are going to be the last people hired no mater how smart or good workers they are when they are pitted against young, able bodied people.
That said I think people should use the stamps for what they want.
I have the most nutritious diet of anyone I know or see in the store..I eat 80 to 85% produce much of it raw --a huge variety of fruits and veggies and I eat and mainly vegan with rare exceptions--when I do eat meat it is organic on sale and rarely do I eat cheese,..If I eat eggs, It lasts several weeks per dozen and they are organic free range. but this animal eating is not frequently and I also eat whole grains, beans, seaweeds, plant milks on occasions, olive oil, nuts and seeds. I try to make things from scratch most of the time.
but once in a while I go to the dollar movie and might buy some candy or maybe for Easter might buy a treat. I see nothing wrong with a parent buy a birthday cake so their child is not deprived. People complains like crazy if they see someone buying a steak but often the poor buy the cheapest cuts or reduced and they then might use it as an ingredients in soup or casseroles etc..It might go into 3 or 4 meals.

JaneHubbard
JaneHubbard

cont I recently saw Walmart taking hot stamps for hot roasted chicken or fried chicken ..it said it was eligible but so far saw that no where else
I do see nutrition might improve if they did not let gas stations take them as most of their food is not only unhealthy but expensive..Maybe a few have apples and one they recently built by me had a half sized produce dept as it was owned by Kroger..but this tempt people to waste their kid's money or their own on candy, cookies, chips, Pepsi and other bad foods, But as the articles pointed out,m it is the big junk food companies who fight tooth and nail no to ban them.
but not every one could say what is nutritious..we know some things aren't but where do we draw the line..choice is food is important. I feel making it mandatory to take nutrition classes would be more useful than someone legislating what they think are nutritious and who never see on occasions we might buy a junk item once in a mind.
Now my big city is having food produce giveaways and I have a disabled relative who does not eat healthy and he comes and gives me most of his produce so I get 14 selections a week of various types of produce.
I also utilize a cancer garden in my community for living foods and herbs.  this has allowed me to save money and I have been able to use the money saved for some of the more expensive health food things like raw nuts/seeds or almond butter. I also use the senior farmer market program and other than produce it also covers raw honey so I buy enough to last a year which is about 20 ort 25 dollars at the cheapest farmer market stand.
I am able through these free produce giveaways to get enough produce to juice to try to improve health and fight off cancers. I only use once once a week with the cancer garden as it gives me all the fresh prodcue I want but we have 65 locations giving this out on various days throughout the city.

XeniaSantiago
XeniaSantiago

You made a good point. I have mental health issues and one physical issue which is my scoliosis. But I had surgery that fixed that issue. I've been appyling for jobs in all sorts of fields. And I had luck once but the hours were horrendous and they had me working past 40+ a week. Granted it was a freelancer job. But it paid less then minimum wage, and it barley just covered my bills. Before a friend of mine suggested to apply for food stamps I was rarely eating. I live on my own and get rent paid by doing cleaning and a few other duties for the land lord. Thankfully my land lord is a friend of the family and they've been a great help! If it wasn't for her I'd most likely be on the street. Now, before I even knew about food stamps I was starving day in and day out. My dad would drop by and leave a few foods he picked up from the local pantry. Honestly these people need to figure out how changes to the program can affect people and households. Granted there are people who do abuse programs like this. Which their actions actually make things even more difficult for those that need the help. I don't know what'll happen but I hope they make the best decision.

wolkenkaiser
wolkenkaiser

@JaneHubbard @PageandPalate "...Who can work," you say? By whose determination? You may look at someone and see an able-bodied man capable of lumping some sheet rock; the contractor, on the other hand, may look at his resume and think someone else will be a better fit. I'm able-bodied, but my work history mocks me every time I walk into an interview.

Maybe you should tell corporate America to stop demanding that we all look like lambs on paper, that they stop doing credit checks (for Burger King? Seriously! Even for that kind of work), etc. The reason why I can't work is in part because of a long spell of bad decisions, but also in part simply because no one will hire me — even though I'm damn smart and a diligent guy who doesn't need a lot of training or to be constantly supervised. I'm collecting bottles and cans for their deposits when I don't get sent out on day labor assignments, and it sucks and is totally go-nowhere.

Effectively, it amounts to society giving me the middle finger of rejection; it's why so many people stay down when they fall through the cracks or slide into a spell of a distorted wanna-be Kerouac lifestyle. Hell, I bet YOU wouldn't hire me, yet you'd be quick to tell me to "get a job!" whenever you saw me pushing a shopping cart full of recyclables.

HahnJackson
HahnJackson

i thought you were going to tell people about buying fruit and vegetable seeds

AndrewDFord
AndrewDFord

How is it surprising...state and government are corrupt unlike Germany and a dozen other countries where all these food are none existent or banned. Stand in the mirror, say but they lied to me" and from THAT POINT ON REALIZE for yourself everything you know?

bencinnati
bencinnati

We forget- BigFood and their lobbyist may weigh in on this decision....if they are going to lose money....

bilbofraggins
bilbofraggins

I'm on food stamps now and I plan on suckling on the government teat indefinitely, I will never work another day in my life. I'm going to sit around eating junk food, buy lobster for my drug dealers, and try to work up the courage to injure myself badly enough to qualify for disability. Yes you heard it here folks; everyone on food stamps is a parasite who should just starve to death already. I am by far the biggest problem facing our country! Ten thousand people just like me wouldn't be wholly insignificant or anything!

bencinnati
bencinnati

My cousin was on food stamps during college. She was paying out of pocket for tuition and books. She also had to support a family. It helped her through college, and now she's a social worker. She didn't abuse the system. She reported her new income when she started working. Not all recipients are parasites.....racist prick. The few don't represent the whole.

PatriciaNewman
PatriciaNewman

Yes, you are a parasite, you add to the problem of our society.

JaneHubbard
JaneHubbard

@bilbofraggins generalize much 

Now you are saying people want to be disabled and in constant pain and suffering?

You are sickening and I hope karma lets you walk in the shoes of some of these disabled people who noone will hire when they have a selection of a 100 people for every job.
 

Most of these people are older and not on illegal drugs, dont waste their stamps and dnt eat lobster hardly.


JaneHubbard
JaneHubbard

@bilbofraggins cont


 

For you to call for their death, well maybe one day it will be you who starves in harming the least amoung us. One day justice will be filled. 


Paralyzed people ar enot buying lobster for their drug dealers, blind people are not just eating junk food, and people with mental health problems through no fault of their own do not deserve to die.

what happened to you to make you so mean? Jesus for your info loved the poor and sick and he will not let you get away with hurting them and saying this..mark my words..one day you will regret them.

CharlesWatson
CharlesWatson

Also, the way I look at is that I wasn't getting food stamps for years. I paid taxes that went into the system. I'm simply reaping what I put in for so many years.

CharlesWatson
CharlesWatson

Are you serious?! I work two jobs but qualify for food stamps because I have three small children an my wife is a stay at home mother. Many take advantage of the system. I am not one of them.

SOCIAL_DEMOCRAT
SOCIAL_DEMOCRAT

"Public health advocates like Michele Simon have long argued that the lack of restrictions on the types of food aid-recipients can buy has helped fuel an American health crisis caused by unhealthy eating." I wish there would be more accurate arguments!  "Republicans are pushing to make benefits less generous and to increase work requirements; Democrats disagree." I wish there would be more useful arguments! If there is a work requirement, there is a work requirement! Increase it how? It's either we place in them in jobs or we don't! Then give them jobs, like all other Americans. If you would like to fix America's health problems, don't restrict the type of food poor people can eat, restrict the type of food all of us can eat. (Obviously that's a horrible idea). Our problems are caused by ineffective politicians and public officials, that have no clue about the average American's issues. If you want Americans to work, GIVE THEM JOBS! If you want to make American's healthier, make healthy food the more affordable and incentivized option! 

FlashRom
FlashRom

@SOCIAL_DEMOCRAT I am on food stamps it is not the types of food we can buy it is the cost of the food we can buy.   Look at the cost of lean meats, organic foods, and fresh fruit and veggies.   Then look at  the cost of single serving 10 inch pizza's, potato chips, and sugar filled snack.   I try buying good foods but when I do yea my calories go down but so do my vitamins and protein intake.   So along with the weight I am losing by eating better I am also losing muscle mass because I am not getting what I need.  Yes I eat better foods but do I have enough food stamps to buy enough of those better foods.  NO.  You can take a few ( and I mean a few ) people and hold them up as what is wrong with the system but that would be like us holding up a  extreme republican or an extreme liberal and saying every one is like that. 

People need to please stop making this about politics and try making it about helping people.

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Jessie.klinesmith
Jessie.klinesmith

if i could not get red bull or chocolate how would i be able to do my college work. Redbull gives you A's about to get some now seeing how i have a test coming up

Shasta4737
Shasta4737

Sadly, people don't receive enough in food stamps to buy a whole month of junk food. If they are forced to buy only nutritious, healthy food, they'll be starving by the end of the month. Junk food is a heck of a lot cheaper than good food! The government needs to increase the number of food stamps people get. If that happens, I believe a lot of people would buy healthier groceries without being forced into it.

PatriciaNewman
PatriciaNewman

Hate to say, your in the wrong state, come to ky. Have a kid and draw them for 20 plus years. Teach your no good kids how to do it

and the process starts all over again.

MilesKubik
MilesKubik

@Shasta4737 If I could afford to eat healthy, fresh food over some of the garbage I have to eat because of my budget I'm sure my health would benefit incredibly. People seem to forget that systematically junk food and food that's absolutely terrible for you has been made far cheaper and easier to acquire than stuff that's healthier. When someone's in a position where they have to weigh the cost and value of buying enough food for a month or food that is healthy but not going to even keep them full/run out before they have more money what do you expect is going to happen?

morgan.goldberg
morgan.goldberg

Barring "junk food" would be difficult because how do you define it when you get into the nitty gritty.


Raisan bran v. cocoa puffs, a bagel v. a whole wheat donut, should fatty meats be allowed, or whole milk, or pizza?

Orange juice is worse than soda, should it be banned because most of the nutrition is sucked out of it barring one or two vitamins that are added back in?


Then there is the question of your individual diet, the USDA calculates the SNAP amount before deductions, as "middle aged men", they also calculate women and the elderly who need and use less calories, should women get less SNAP because they need fewer calories or the elderly, then what about occupation, clearly a firefighter, personal trainer, or laborer needs less calories than a desk worker. 


It would be too complicated to figure out the variables and be subject to politics and lobbying (no SNAP for gatorade or vitamin water but yes to nestle for juicy juice even though the former is probably more nutritious).


Bloomberg would ban gatorade or vitamin water but not OJ,chocolate milk, and sugary yogurt drinks. Although vitamin water isn't good for you since the sugar is in there, you could argue its healther because it includes vitamins right?

So there is no easy solution without additional costs and bureaucracy.

BrunoFehr
BrunoFehr

Well you can buy drugs with food stamps, so why not junk food?

Jessie.klinesmith
Jessie.klinesmith

no you can just buy drugs with them also with drugs most places in the hood will let you buy pipes for the crack as well as hot food items. not that i do that but seen it done and many people around here will tell you where you can do it at.

NicholasByrd
NicholasByrd

@BrunoFehr Oh, really? Due to an ongoing issue with epileptic seizures and a degenerative spinal disorder I am on food stamps, so this is from experience. You can't even buy hot, cooked, food with the SNAP program, which I am fine with because you obviously get more calories out of a 10lb bag of rice and a $2.00 jar of bullion cubes for flavor. For a person to buy drugs using the SNAP program they would either need to buy someone's groceries and have them pay you back some cash for it or trade the worth for a certain amount of drugs, all of which is illegal and I would turn someone in gladly for abusing this system. So no, you can't simply just "buy drugs" with EBT, that is one of the reasons they changed to electronic cards so that there was no way to trade physical "food stamps." The electronic system can be abused and I would be fine if they required an ID check to make sure people aren't loaning out their cards for other purposes. I know many people are against the EBT program, but charities, neighbors, and churches can't provide food for 47 million people, regardless of what opponents of the program would have you believe. We do have a social responsibility to end hunger, it would be hard to call ourselves a "civilized" nation otherwise. I don't know if you are misinformed, simply dislike the program, or are willing to blame the majority of recipients for the abuses of the few, but the EBT program is a good thing, not a bad one. As for people who think social support programs like this are detrimental to the economy they fail to take into account that you can work full time and over time and still be below the poverty level, and that Germany, the country with the 4th highest GDP in the world, has a much more comprehensive unemployment and food assistance program than we do and a higher instance of social order. Some people do abuse the social support system, they will always try, and hopefully we will find better ways to stop them, but it is extremely difficult to stop someone from using their EBT card to buy someone else, who isn't there, $100 worth of groceries and trade it for $40 worth of crack. I have never, and will never, abused this system because it has gotten me through this extremely difficult period of time in my life, and assuming I recover well from my upcoming surgeries and my seizures are gotten under control I can return to the workforce and contribute back into that system in order to help others. Not everyone with an EBT card is a drug addled/lazy drain on society, some of us were just hit by health problems far beyond our control, and are very grateful that we don't have to go hungry because of it. 

MilesKubik
MilesKubik

@NicholasByrd @BrunoFehr As someone who is also chronically ill the fact that these benefits have such restrictions placed on them that I can't even buy prepared food while I'm too sick most days to get out of bed to make much of anything is incredibly sad. Not everyone is trying to bleed the system or simply a lazy degenerate. 


Those who abuse the system are in the extreme minority and for the most part people who make jokes about this type of thing have likely never been without or in a position where they have little choice in the matter. I used to work fulltime, I have a college degree and yet I'm suddenly in a position where I need aid. People need to as a whole be a bit more sympathetic and think about helping others rather than this political nonsense. 

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AdamPervez
AdamPervez

LMAO. Republicans kill me. First they get angry that the food in our public schools was made healthier and reacted in an insane knee jerk screaming how the government should never tell an American what they can eat. And now.... they want to tell Americans what they can eat!  SMH


sickofitall12
sickofitall12

@AdamPervez get educated, it's not the republican fool, it's your own dadgum party selling you down the river, but you're too busy drinking the free kool aid to pay attention and get it right.  For once, do some research and use your own brain, if you even have one

cjhartl24
cjhartl24

@AdamPervez LMAO. Democrats kill me. First they tell me what I can't buy with my own money. Then those same people say everyone else should be able to buy whatever they want with my money.

MilesKubik
MilesKubik

@sickofitall12 @AdamPervez Maybe go take a look at the nonsense that happens with the food stamp program in Wisconsin where everything from potatoes to dry cereal that wasn't whole grain was banned and where that ban came from. 


Quite sad really that everyone holds themselves in some position above anyone in need of aid as though they're far superior because of that fact alone. Not everyone is sitting around enjoying sucking the system dry. 

JoshBaker
JoshBaker

Hey this is simple. You have ZERO rights when you are completely dependent on others to live. YOU are not ENTITLED to a damn thing. When you receive these benefits you should be forced to do community service. You should not get to choose what you want to buy, you should be given what you need to survive. I do not give you my tax dollars of my own free will. If It was up to me you would be living on bread and water. Guess what? If you decided to drop out of high school and then complain that you can't find a job. The fast food industry is always hiring. This nation is becoming a third world country because of this ENTITLEMENT attitude. If you do not work for it, you SHOULD NOT receive it. Is it that hard to understand? Why should you be able to stay home, get hi, and push out child after child just perpetuating the cycle on the taxpayers dime. 

It is really the people who stay on these benefits their whole lives that sicken me. Sure if you are down on your luck, you may receive benefits for a SHORT time. and those benefits should meet the most basic needs to survive.


morgan.goldberg
morgan.goldberg

@JoshBaker I guess the same logic would apply if you use public roads,buses,bridges,etc 

Maybe the more you make the more you pay for roads,bridges,etc

What about stay at home moms, corporate subsidies, and monopolies.

sickofitall12
sickofitall12

@MelissaKaptur @JoshBaker no -- here's a thought:  Food stamps are temporary, one or both you get a job, find a church to donates, family, friends, why do we taxpayers have to continue to pay for deadbeats..........unemployment is temporary, unless you're lazy.  

PageandPalate
PageandPalate

@JoshBaker Shame on you for sitting in judgment of others. I have paid into the system my entire life, as has my spouse. We have three college degrees between us and we both have had the same job for more than 10 years. We also have a child that we need to feed. We ARE entitled to this money, as long as we follow the rules that the USDA has set for EBT. And we are. Your comment is ignorant, pathetic and sad. 

MelissaKaptur
MelissaKaptur

@JoshBaker So, because my husband was laid off from a job that he worked at for several years, we should only be allowed to feed our children bread and water while he's looking for a new job???

MilesKubik
MilesKubik

@JoshBaker I don't use a number of things my taxes go for you're not specifically handing me money because I'm extremely ill and in need of food. You're not giving me anything and don't have any right to stand in some ivory tower talking about how people in need should only get the most minor amount of aid possible simply because you've never been in that position yourself. 


As someone who is severely ill and will more than likely not recover or get any better from my health issues does the fact that I am in need of aid sickening? I worked for years, have a college degree and have eaten through my savings trying to basically stay alive. I should live on bread and water alone for the rest of my life because a medical condition I have no control of suddenly hit me like a bus and ate away any money I had from previously working and keeping good finances? 


This mentality is truly disgusting...

JaneHubbard
JaneHubbard

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 @JoshBaker For your information Josh welfare as we knew it ended in the 90s.

Now all states exact lifetime time limits. It is therefore, impossible to stay on it your whole life or generationally.

The limit limits vary by states..the shortest is 18 months per lifetime and the longest are a few states that go 5 yea life limit..the average is 2 to 3 years.

why would anyone want to "push out kids" when it will only cover one or 2 for 2 or three years then o welfare and still have kids to feed.

also know that there is no such thing as an Obama phones..the free phones have been around for decades and receive no taxpayer money..they are funded by Viacom

Bread and water hey mister did you know most of the people using food stamps as it was intended dare permanently disabled, elderly and orphaned kids.

The bulk of the rest are worker who make low incomes. in fact,. Walmart's workers in a study of 20 states topped the list in 19 of them and not just food stamps EVERY social program form housing to food to WIC to school lunches to medical to utility programs etc at the top of every list was Walmart workers.

These people are taking it from the people unable to work due to things like being paralyzed, blind. dying of cancer, schizophrenic who even if they want to and are able to work stand next to none chance of getting a job when each job today has a 100 people or more applying or every single job..tell me they are going to talk some paralyzed guy who has to do the keyboard with his mouth one stoke every 290 seconds over some young and able bodied person

You should be fighting that the manufacturers imagine we are subsidizing Walmarts who has the nerve to tell every new hire to go apply for all the social programs and even give them handouts on how and where to apply while they pay them wages too low to live one and thus undercut responsible businesses trying to pay a decent wage and heath care so they go out of business. now that is a sin making people pay for Walmart and the Waltons --the richest company/ family  in the world to make more money.

I know you wouldn't as you want the sick and old to die on nothing but bread and water which hold little nutrition and will make them get diseases which will cost a lot more to fix/treat but most would rather help the kid without a mom who died of cancer or the 80 years old down the block or the cancer patient than a Walmart worker sucking up all the funds meant for the truly needy. You sure are a cruel person...let us take this to its end,,if they only got bread and water like you want they will die first costing taxpayer a lot of money as cancer cost a million for every 3 patents and then leave the kids without parents so they turn out bad and cost us all more in crime etc. You sure are not a noble man or a male spiritual leader of any kind as if it was up to you many people you do not even know will die and their families suffer terribly..I know the pain of losing both parents.

I personally have 6 years of college turned out nationally award winning kids, never took a drug in my life am  teetotaler and fit none of the stereotypes you live by when ex left I went to over a 100 places looking for a job when to college and graduated 4th in my class and then got cancer and other ills and disabilities and now cant work



JoeSchreck
JoeSchreck

I was diagnosed with Guillian Barre in August. I was paralyzed from my face, down. I have worked hard to get back to walking, eating, talking. I have worked my entire life. I have also been a volunteer EMT for 3 years and will be starting paramedic school in January. I was recently given food stamps as I am now unable to work. Would you like to tell me what I can and can't eat? Would you like me to go do some community service? Should I stop using them in a SHORT period of time if I can not get back to full health? Do your homework on what I have, then rethink your statement. Yes there are scum that abuse this system. There are others who have no choice. Don't group us together. Think before you speak. I understand where you are coming from. Just step back and look at the bigger picture bro.

GinaTaylor
GinaTaylor

@JoshBaker  Let me summarize what you're pretty much saying to those who absolutely need care but can't provide for themselves: "You deserve no rights and trying to survive and thrive from the aid of others (when you are, by no fault of your own, unable to help yourself) means you're acting entitled to survive and thrive. You're worthless. You deserve to die."

Life long illnesses are longer than a short time. People like you are just sugar coating that you want us to die so you don't get crap for saying things like that. Go ahead and give me crap for calling things out, or argue with me, or insult me, or degrade me, or be dismissive, or ignore me. I don't care anymore. Everyone deserves to live and be able to be happy. EVERYONE. I truly hope you and everyone who acts like they are better than others learns better. I hope they have a good life regardless. Also, if I took what you said wrong, call me out on it if you want.


Take care and be well everyone. -Gina.