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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AngelMaw
AngelMaw

Funny how you mention Walmart. A majority of Walmart's full time employees are food stamp recipients. Walmart also benefits from accepting food stamps. I am surprised they don't start a lobby to allow people to buy alcohol with EBT. Maybe they should start their charity with their employees by paying them  a living wage. Do the math on even if you make $12 hr; which is NOT what Wally World pays, you can still not survive. Now you want to tell people they can't have a candy bar. Pay people a living wage so they do not qualify for food stamps and step down from your ivory tower.

AubreyN
AubreyN

Stuart, you obviously didnt read my post. i will repeat part of it for you.  I don't smoke or drink. I don't have cable. At the moment, I don't even have hot water, as I don't have enough money to fill the propane tank. Also, since you are going to assume things, I am using the internet at the library. I also own a truck that we paid $1000 for. If you had read my post, you would also see that I was laid off and have since found a new job, I am only going to be on SNAP temporarily. I needed a little help to get by, but will NOT be reapplying. 


You completely missed the point of my post, attacking me personally instead of the subject at hand. This is about control. If the people in this forum are okay with SNAP being monitored, then they shouldn't mind if their child support, alimony, cash benefits  and SSI are monitored the same way. I mean, is the child support money REALLY going to the children? Or is it going to moms pedi/mani/hair day? Is that SSI really going towards necessities in life or is it being spent on alcohol and drugs?


My only point, was to say that not all people on SNAP are abusing the system.  Sometimes people just need help. Controlling what they buy, what does that really do? The money is still going towards their food benefits. Whether they buy chips and soda to live on or healthy meals, why is it anyones business. The ones you see buying junk are usually the ones that shouldn't  get food stamps in the first place. I also dont know about other states, but here in Oklahoma, if they see you buying too much "junk" they call you out on it and have a meeting with you. Your benefits can be revoked for not being used properly. They allow you to buy the junk items, but only so much before they intervene. To me, that is enough control from the government. It allows people to buy what they want, but its enough to make sure the person is also not buying only junk items. If they want to keep their food benefits, that is.

StuartE.HarveyJr
StuartE.HarveyJr

Aubrey et al... I am 60+ and have had to use Food Stamps and WIC to help get by, but as soon as I was able to, I quit collecting even though I was still eligible!! My thought was... there is most likely someone out there that could use these services more than me and my family. That being said, if you are online describing your plight, I guess that means you have high speed internet and probably a cell phone and perhaps cable TV, etc. These are luxury items and the money you spend on them will buy a LOT of food!!! Take a long hard look at your expenses!!! WHAT DO YOU REALLY NEED TO GET BY???!!! Electricity, water, gas (perhaps), land line phone to call for jobs etc. rent, food, and gas for your car! (ps - is your car a "lease", owned, or paid for?? If it's not paid for, get rid of it... buy a 'beater' / 'clunker' for a few hundred bucks til you get back on your feet... or take mass transit!! Your thoughts anyone??!!


AubreyN
AubreyN

Wow...you're really going to pull out the pride card? Also, love the use of the term "you people".  I guess you have never needed help with anything, EVER, in your life. A person has got to do what they need to do to survive, even if that means putting aside their pride and asking for help. The fact that I have put into the system for the last 15 years means I am mooching off the government?  I am 30 now. That means I have been working steadily since I was 15. This is the first time I have asked for assistance.


Sometimes, people just need a little help.It is not an easy thing to admit you need help to an office full of strangers. I just got put on emergency food stamps yesterday, without which, we would have gone hungry due to job cuts. We are getting $266 a month and its automatically for 3 months. I don't plan on reapplying.  We aren't going to be  food stamps for long, just long enough to get the first paycheck in from my new job. Shocker, I lost my job and went searching for another immediately. Just because some people abuse the system, does not mean all people do. 


Stop saying I am using "your" money, I am using my own that I have paid into the system. I don't need the government to babysit me and tell me what to buy. I just don't see the harm in buying a few treats if you have a little money leftover after buying your important grocery items. Also, stop assuming everyone on assistance is blowing their own money on alcohol, cable and other things. I don't smoke or drink. I don't have cable. So I dont think its wrong if I would like a little soda or something. At the moment, I don't even have hot water, as I don't have enough money to fill the propane tank. The way some of you are talking, you probably think hot water is a luxury too. ( Just a note, my stove is gas too, which limits what I can cook)


I am happy for those that have never needed to ask for help, but you do realize that's what it is there for, right? You also realize that the average person only puts in $30 a year to contribute to food stamps? Most federal funds go to social security and then medicare. So, if that $30 wasn't going to help the needy, it would just go into some other government program that doesn't help its citizens at all. It's not like it would go back into the tax payers pockets. 


Everyone talking about "your" being spent on the needy here in America, I hope you also complain about "your money" going to help other countries needy people, since we send a ton of money out of our own country. I am not talking about disaster relief, either. We send money regularly to help countries who have poverty issues, so those people can eat.


I guess I don't understand the mindset of some people. Don't any of the negative people here give to charity? Ever volunteer at a soup kitchen? I do and have. Maybe there wouldn't be all this selfish talk of "your" money being spent to help feed people, if you occasionally saw how hard it is for some people to get by.  Instead of persecuting those that actually need assistance, why not ask for tighter control on who receives benefits? There are a ton of people that shouldn't qualify for the things they get, they lie about some disease so they don't have to work. They lie about people living with them to receive more money on their SNAP cards. That is what you should be protesting and getting riled up about.


All these things are being said by a taxpayer, who has never received assistance before now. I have never looked down on those on food stamps. Yes, it is annoying to see those that just fill their cart with junk, but there are those that only get the junk on occasion for a treat and I don't think it should be taken away from those people. If the government wants to start regulating that stuff, make it to where you can only buy so much of the junk food type stuff per month. Like a percentage of your monthly benefits can be spent on frivolous, not needed items. Even those with little to live on want to be able to get a treat now and then.


Get off the high horse, you might fall off one day and get a face full of mud. 

scottnunya
scottnunya

Junk food and expensive food should be a privilege not a right.  why should people on food'stamps get to eat better than me when i'm working my butt off to pay my bills but am not eligible (nor would i want i have more pride than that) for food stamps. 


We need to go back to a time where people were responsible for themselves.  If you cant afford to feed yourself you shouldn't have the right to have kids why is it my obligation to feed a child you couldn't afford but brought in this world?  


Next you people will want government assistance to pay for their alcohol tobacco and pet food.

scottnunya
scottnunya

i work in the grocery business and i love when people come in with food stamp cards buy expensive steaks and junk food with food stamps then buy alcohol and cigarettes with hundred dollar bills.  I'm sorry but if society is paying for your meal then society should get to limit what you can buy if you don't like it then use some of that alcohol and cigarette money to buy your 40 dollar steaks and sodas.

DebbieBirney
DebbieBirney

you tell them Bridget

you and I are in the same boat I am on medical leave from work

  I get food stamps I work for it for the last 30 some years unlike some

potecr26
potecr26

Unfortunately,” those who have money” ( taxpayers ) actually pay for the food of “those who don’t have money to live” . SO yes, those who don’t have money to live shouldn’t be able to buy any s..t they want with my money ( I am the taxpayer as well).

Rose62856
Rose62856

I don't really care what people can buy with food stamps. People buy candy all the time and people who use stamps should be able to buy what they want to eat. I don't receive food stamps, but who knows with this job market?

Wouldn't America be a terrible place to live if those that had money told those that don't have money how to live? I mean, we already have enough of that. People who are poor want good paying jobs and healthy foods for their kids. I mean, it's just human nature. All people seem to want candy now and then, except for those who think a cookie is a bad idea. We need to stop fighting about issues and come together as a country and help people who need and want help.

mayjane
mayjane

okay, so only rich people are allowed to buy "junk food" or sweets? why don't we just take them all off the shelves and save everyone the trouble of spending any kind of money "unwisely" along with also ensuring that the government doesn't cover anyone's medical bill for diabetes and heart disease.

LeoMauler
LeoMauler

One category you can buy with food stamps that many people find surprising, but probably shouldn't find surprising as it is a part of the Farm Bill, is seeds and bedding plants used to produce food for the household.  I am frequently surprised as to how many people do not know that folks receiving SNAP can grow their own food using seeds and plants purchased with SNAP benefits.  I imagine any moderate Republican having a tough time defending SNAP to his constituents should emphasize that SNAP can be used to assist in self-reliance through growing your own food, then promote this aspect of SNAP like crazy through information and links to frugal gardening and the like.  Even a 5' x 5' growing space in a patio or balcony can grow a few hundred pounds of food a year.

CamilleKnappMcCabe
CamilleKnappMcCabe

So what if you can buy that stuff, half the stuff you are buying from the store that says its low fat has sugar in it and the food you think is good for you is not anyway........seriously,   over half the nutrition is taken out of all the food in the store including meat, so don't  even go there.  yes diet is worse for you but if you can't go to the store and get a few comfort foods while being broke and not being able to go anywhere....besides food stamps doesn't give you enough money to survive off of anyway.....I work full time and I don't use snap, but I have used it in the past......so, please leave well enough alone.

mikhail_lewis@yahoo.com
mikhail_lewis@yahoo.com

Instead of five things, this article presented one thing: sugar. I'm pretty sure rich people also eat sugar, despite not getting SNAP.

BethannyParker
BethannyParker

What's wrong with buying artificial sweeteners on food stamps? My husband is diabetic and it is healthier for him to use artificial sweeteners in his tea than real sugar.

tonic
tonic

I have paid taxes since I was 14 and have never recieved a tax refund although, I am hoping to this year (if so it only took over 10 years). Why stress about what 10% of consumers are doing with their ebt cards?? Lets just take the ebt card away all together. People will just go hungry and uncle sam is still going to take his cut. I mean do you think if people are limited it will put money back in your pockets?? Silly rabbits!! The government uses so much of our money on so much other bs that I am sure a bag of chips or can of soda is the least of our worries. I do believe that parents should make better choices, but hey if you dont care if your little billy develops type two diabetes at 8 then why should I stress. Im not a doctor nor social worker, in other words I dont get paid for that. I hope people arent really buying carts of ice cream and soda as one person said they saw but maybe they bought all of their real food and went and bought junk with whatever their balance was. Maybe the mom just came out of an abusive relationship and just wanted to see her kids smile for the first time in months, i dunno. Either way who cares? Are you all putting the same amount of stress on the kids who cut school all day?? Thats "your money" too being wasted. How about wars that didnt need to be? Keeping prisons full?? I mean come on, a bag of chips and a twinkie is worth all this commotion?? As long as I have paid taxes and hospital bills if I ever need assistance I wish someone would tell me im spending "their" money, thats "our" money, REEEEEELAX!! It would be from the $5000 + a year I have been paying in taxes for the past 10 year. Hopefully I wont need "mines" and hopefully you wont need "yours" however I hope its there without a million stipulations shall you or your family memebers ever need it. If your that tight on cash you would have to be stressed and since you wont be able to buy smokes or a drink I hope you can at least have a small dessert to add some sweetness to your day. A slice of cake, popcorn yo habe with a movie, a coke and a smile perhaps.

kittlesnickle
kittlesnickle

Sweeteners shouldn't be a problem in the first place. Does no one know that it requires sugar to make a loaf of bread? Also just because you have food stamps doesn't mean you don't have a job. Minimum wage jobs are NOT enough to pay the bills and buy food. Why punish people with minimum wage jobs who can't get a better job because corporate figures are greedy and want a huge paycheck for doing the same or possibly less the amount of work than someone with a minimum wage job? 

MP07
MP07

I would just like to point out you CANNOT buy red bull or alcoholic mixers!!!!!!

nayroo
nayroo

I am on food stamps and I am surprised by the items I get away with buying. I think the government should def tighten up the list of "allowed" food items. I feed my family a whole foods diet but use the snap card for hosting parties too. 6 cases of Mt Dew? CHECK.(I just go down the self checkout if I'm embarassed) EZ Bake Oven mixes from the toy aisle? YUP! Fancy pregrown herb pots in produce aisle that'll look cute on my kitchen window? YOU BET! Gallon bucket of Dailey's frozen "add your own alcohol" strawberry daiquiri mix? NO PROB! Expensive beautiful Tuna Steaks from deli? YES PLEASE! A fully decorated Ninja Turtle cake with my son's name on it?! ABSOLUTELY! Every bottle of Smart Water on the shelf? YES!

I am not your typical "american snap recipient", I have enough sense to keep corn syrup and anything premade w more than 4 ingredients out of my home. 75% of my $670 monthly snap budget goes to organic produce.My grocery bill is expensive.

Junk food is cheaper and if i go back to work I'll have to eat it. I have been spoiled by the government. I won't have enough paycheck.

I hope the government keeps ignoring the problem bc I like this lifestyle and don't want it to come to an end.

WE
WE

NOTICE TO TIME:  STOP!!!!! RIDING THE LEMMING-WAVE OF ALLUDING TO PORN AS IF A TOPIC NEWSWORTHY, OR INDUSTRY OF SOME SORT!

THESE ARE CRIMINAL TOPICS:  I WOULD NEVER HAVE ENTERED THIS FORUM IF I HAD SEEN THAT TITLE ALONGSIDE THIS ARTICLE TOUTED AS NEWS!  STEER THE WAVE OF PUBLIC OPINION RATHER THAN KOWTOW TO THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR OR BE IT!!!  REMINDER:  YOU WOULD BE BANNED FROM MANY A COMMUNITY, PERHAPS JAILED...AIRING SUCH.+<3

WE
WE

This is ridiculous; this is CONTROL; THE ITEMS MAKE NO DIFFERENCE TO THE OVERALL AMOUNT.+<3

KKarenBarnette
KKarenBarnette

@mayjane  One point you forget is these people are using taxpayer money. Thus they should be regulated on what they can buy. If they want junk they can use their own money for it. Mrs. O is all for people eating healthier. Why not start here? Why encourage them to eat candy and soda? 

james.samans
james.samans

You are forgetting -- or perhaps intentionally omittiing -- that the "S" in SNAP stands for "supplemental," meaning that SNAP is not the entirety of a food budget but rather represents an additional amount to fill in for lower-than-needed wages.  Nothing prevents someone from using their own money to buy anything they like, and nothing rational explains why public money used specifically to ensure proper nutrition should not be attached to requirements of actual nutrition.

Ages
Ages

@LeoMauler I am not a gardener but your claim that you can grow a few hundred pounds of food a year in a 25 square food area seems a bit of a stretch.  Can you cite your source please?  I am interested in gardening and would like to know what produce plants can achieve this.

Ages
Ages

@CamilleKnappMcCabe A typical recommendation for food category expenditures is 100-125 per member of the household.  I have seen this range stated by multiple sources, mainly being used as an example of a budget used in debt rehabilitation or budgets used during a high risk loan application process.  Foodshare typically exceeds this when full benefits are being paid, that is, when income is not so high that the benefits need be scaled accordingly.  My point is that it is a very livable amount for most family, especially families that rely heavily on conventional foods, although premium items may need be cut from the budget if one is to rely 100% on the supplemental nutrition program for family groceries.

amyas80s
amyas80s

@BethannyParker Because you don't "need" it to eat and drink. It's a want if you want something work for it.

AubreyN
AubreyN

@MP07 Actually, you can. They changed their label from a supplement to nutrition. As long as there is a nutrition label on the package, you can buy it with SNAP, in MOST states. This is why vitamins and such are not covered, they are a supplement. 

scottnunya
scottnunya

@MP07 actually you can.  people do it at my store every day on EBT as well as monsters amps nos etc

SallySmithers
SallySmithers

@MP07  Sorry....it's very true. And if you as a clerk refuse...your store loses the SNAP machine. Because you are discriminating against their rights. Clerks are forced to watch a video and know what items are on or not on the SNAP/Direction card list. More responsibility than just carding for cigarettes and alcohol...with the same jail penalties for messing up. Clerks that work where the SNAP card is accepted should make 20 bucks an hour for jumping thru all the hoops and having to wait on people that buy Red Bulls Monsters Pizzas Candy Bars Sodas Slushies........and if you mess up and charge them tax on any of that....you are the one going to jail. Don't even get me started!!! lol

Monster changed their packaging so they could cash in on the cash cow.

Hunt Brothers Pizza worked their way into having the clerks sell a frozen pizza at 1 counter. Then the SNAP recipient takes the frozen pizza to the oven counter, picks out toppings, has it baked in the pizza oven. And takes it home. All legal and paid for by the tax payer

SandraAnew
SandraAnew

@MP07  Yes you can, some stores ban it but not all! One store doesn't mean the law lol, it's called shop around.

LeoMauler
LeoMauler

@nayroo I hope that the government never removes "fancy pregrown herb pots in produce" from allowed SNAP benefits, since that was the one item on your list which promotes self-reliance.  That herb pot will grow a few dozen $4 herb bunches (also found in produce) a year, especially when the herbs are cut back in harvesting them.  The fact that seeds and plants which produce food for the household are allowed is a good thing, not a bad thing.


But the rest of it falls under the heading of "the industry selling them doesn't want its food listed as 'luxury' or 'non-nutritious' food."  The food isn't allowed just because of some sort of anything-goes attitude, every single item on your list has had an attempt to remove it at some point in the past, and every attempt has led to its industry sending up howls of rage and sending in lawyers to make sure Sugar Gulp stays on the SNAP approved list.

BridgettePage
BridgettePage

@nayroo  

Yeah, but not for nothing, i can't buy toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, soap, bleach, detergent, so really i can eat pretty good but being clean is am issue!

amyas80s
amyas80s

@nayroo Junk food is not cheaper. A bag of frozen veggies cost less than a bag of chips.

SarahOTaylor
SarahOTaylor

@nayrooDo you feel you NEED to be monitored, like a child? Actually I have your number, you're a TROLL.


 It's odd that the same people who say 'Keep your nose out of my personal business" when it comes to sex want to be in everyone's business about what we have in our kitchen.My family has always paid taxes and despite my disablity (thank you drink driver), we get no help but the small amount of food my EBT card pays for.


No food nazis needed. I might be physically disabled, but I buy fruit, no red meat,  vegetables... and occasionally rice-based frozen desserts. I am stuck in bed, and if anyone thinks my lactose-intolerant tummy is going to live on cheese and milk? Sure, I'll come live with you when i am writhing in pain.


SarahOTaylor
SarahOTaylor

@nayroo Do you feel you NEED to be monitored, like a child? Actually I have your number, you're a TROLL.


 It's odd that the same people who say 'Keep your nose out of my personal business" when it comes to sex want to be in everyone's business about what we have in our kitchen.My family has always paid taxes and despite my disablity (thank you drink driver), we get no help but the small amount of food my EBT card pays for.


No food nazis needed. I might be physically disabled, but I buy fruit, no red meat,  vegetables... and occasionally rice-based frozen desserts. I am stuck in bed, and if anyone thinks my lactose-intolerant tummy is going to live on cheese and milk? Sure, I'll come live with you when i am writhing in pain. 

PhaedraBlue
PhaedraBlue

@nayroo You're full of BS. SHAME ON YOU!  You aren't on food assistance unless you're lying on your assistance applications.  I'm on Social Security Disability after having paid into the system as a 40 plus our per week, week in and week out American worker. I started paying into the system when I was 16, so that makes it 36 years that I paid and most of the time, gladly.  Now, I'm in that donut-hole our government thought it was so cute to create.  My medicine is barely covered my Medicare, Mediacaid might help me a bit, maybe by June IF my meet my spend-down obligations. I have no problem with maying as much of my medical as I can, but one of my medications, Remicaid Infusion, for my portion of the expense is 493 dollars.  Cellcept is $156, albuterol inhalers, a drug called pilocarbine was $35, Plaquenil was $100, and this isn't even half of my prescriptions and doesn't cover eye glasses (I have an eye disease), it covers very little dental. The University of WA will find a way to dump your treatment or deny you treatment if they find out you may not be able to pay your entire bill.  Many docs in the area won't accept Medicare let alone Medicaid.  Not even some of the walk-in clinics.  To give you and idea of my finances; my income is approximately 1300/mth. $200 goes to student loan obligations, $105 for my Medicare premium, $450/rent, but it's a fairly marginal apt, car insurance $68/mth, renters insurance is $25/month, I don't have cable TV, I don't have a landline into my apt, my son pays for the minutes on my cell phone.  I use my old 1997 sedan to get to and from doctors appointments and my specialists; I don't know what I'm going to do when it gives up on me. 


So, how does this relate to food assistance?  Well, if I send in all my receipts to both the spend-down unit AND also to Food assistance they will help offset with food assistance. Without the medical expenses I wouldn't be entitled to food help.  I'm happy for was little I receive in food allowance, which right now is $109/ per month, but doesn't exactly come up to what I owe in medical.  I buy as good as I can with my money, but the foods you're talking about are extremely expensive in most areas.  I haven't been through a drive thru, just to discuss eating habits, in over two years.  I live in a small apartment so I don't have a large freezer to prepare and freeze foods ahead of time; so there's little I can do to save money there. Some, of course, but not like I'd like to.


Again, what you are is a G-Dam-n troll, and SHAME ON YOU, for making others who read your post think that your BS is reality. 


People please see MAYROO's post for what it is... Someone trying to sway you to stop food assistance for people in need.  It's bad enough that food allowance was cut because that makes it even more difficult for those of us in need to attempt to eat better, but to think we are all sitting back enjoying ourselves of the government teat just isn't reality nor is it fair.   


I certainly hate being where I am today, it isn't where I thought I'd be when I was 20 and healthy and looking toward my future.  But I am grateful for the $109 I receive in food assistance, and I'm eating as well as I can on that and what I might get from the food banks once a month.

MP07
MP07

@nayroo Im just wondering why you are buying all that crap to begin with. There are some of us who want to eat healthy but find it hard too on a tight budget. It must be nice to get $670 a month for feeding how many people??? We have a mortgage, car payment, and everything else that goes along with being a homeowner and car owner AND we have 8 ppl in our house. We get about half of what you do and have no money for any of the crap you "claim you get away with buying"

ErikBaran
ErikBaran

@WE No, this is expecting our tax dollars to be spent on actual food, not junk.  I manage a convenience store, and if you saw the amount of absolute garbage that is taken out of the store with EBT cards you'd be singing a different song.  The same people month after month come in and buy a couple of bags of chips,some beef jerky a couple of bottles of pop.......all the while they're talking on their smart phones.  Now, is this the biggest drain on our country?  Not even close.  Let's compare the amount of waste due to the SNAP programs and the amount of waste from....oh....say....the military and see which one we should focus on.

BridgettePage
BridgettePage

@amyas80s @BethannyParker

Yes, I did work for it.  I have worked for 32 years and was abruptly laid off from a job of five years in 2012.  I have paid more than my share in taxes and social security and after being unemployed for a year I have HAD to get food stamps.  So if I want to buy splenda to be healthier, I have worked for it and I am entitled to it.  Don't judge lest you be judged!

Gibscreen
Gibscreen

@amyas80s Good point.  In fact they should only get bread and water, right?  Or just an iv drip of the necessary nutrients to survive.  You friggin idiot.  

KarenWeiler-Ortega
KarenWeiler-Ortega

@MP07 @nayroo   did it ever cross your mind that this is all they eat for a few reasons? first, it is sustenance, -second- they most likely do not have a kitchen, 3rd- they can't buy the nasty rolling hotdogs because that is not permitted, they can;t buy the premade salads or sandwiches- because nor premade foods can be bought with their cards.

KarenWeiler-Ortega
KarenWeiler-Ortega

@ErikBaran @WE  -did it ever cross your mind that this is all they eat for a few reasons? first, it is sustenance, -second- they most likely do not have a kitchen, 3rd- they can't buy the nasty rolling hotdogs because that is not permitted, they can;t buy the premade salads or sandwiches- because nor premade foods can be bought with their cards


Read more: 5 Surprising Things You Can Buy With Food Stamps | TIME.com http://business.time.com/2013/11/01/5-surprising-things-you-can-buy-with-food-stamps/#ixzz2uGEGQYUf

scottnunya
scottnunya

@KarenWeiler-Ortega @MP07 @nayroo not sure what state you live in karen but in my state you can buy any premade food you want as long as its not hot.  deli sandwiches as long as they arent toasted.  chinese food that has cooled off.  Pretty much any premade food as long as its cold

KKarenBarnette
KKarenBarnette

@SarahOTaylor @KarenWeiler-Ortega @MP07 @nayroo  Lots of fraud in food stamps also. We don't mind helping those who need help, but the costs are out of hand anymore, and eventually they will have to cut food stamps back. First they should disallow junk food. When someone else is paying the bill there are rules. 

SarahOTaylor
SarahOTaylor

@KarenWeiler-Ortega @MP07@nayroo 

Karen, who is this "THEY" you are talking about? You would be SHOCKED at who has food stamps. Possibly even someone you know, oh no!!  Stories like this are intended to rile people up.. that is all. It is amazing how judgmental Americans get be about certain things and then expect the rest of the population to be tolerant about their lives. How about we just all try to do and be better people ourselves and take care of our neighbors rather than just sit  at a computer and whine and judge. The world would be much nicer.  Karen, I do have a kitchen, thanks. you have to have a home to receive assistance in this form.

scottnunya
scottnunya

@SarahOTaylor @KarenWeiler-Ortega @MP07 @nayroo how about we actually take responsibility for ourselves instead of depending on society?  If you cant afford cable and your cellphones etc without being on social assistance maybe you shouldn't have them.  Everyone thinks that all these things are rights and that its not fair if they cant have them.  i wonder how many of the millions of Americans could actually afford their own food if they didn't buy cigs alcohol or pay for cellphones cable and other things that aren't 100% necessary.  These things are a privilege not a right.