Outrageous! People on food stamps spent $608 MILLION of taxpayer money on this unhealthy item

Outrageous! People on food stamps spent $608 MILLION of taxpayer money on this unhealthy item

This is outrageous, but it really should not surprise anyone. It turns out the number one thing bought by those on welfare is… soda pop. They spend more money on it than real food. What is the number one item purchased by those not on welfare? Milk. I know many will be upset by that and demand that what welfare recipients buy with their EBT cards be strictly limited. I have never been on welfare in my life, but I don’t think telling people what they can and can’t buy with food stamps is the way to go. That’s far too Big Brother for my tastes. If the government will do it to welfare recipients, they’ll do it to all of us before they are done.

There are already restrictions on what you can and can’t buy with an EBT card. Furthermore, SNAP recipients in this study only spent a little less on milk than non-welfare recipients. Don’t you think the FDA should clean up their act before we start dictating to everyone what is and isn’t healthy and what those on welfare can buy? This study is five years old by the way. I sense another health witch hunt.

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Image Credit: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

From the Independent Review Journal:

Data recently published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows something that critics of food stamps programs aren’t going to like — in a sample of one particular popular grocery chain in 2011, food stamp recipients spent more money on soda and other sugary drinks than they did on fruits or vegetables — or most food with actual nutritional value.

In fact, sodas and sugary drinks were the #1 item purchased by people in the program.

What was the #1 item for non-food stamp users? Milk.

The USDA culled 2011 sales data from a leading grocery chain and found that households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) — better known as food stamps — spent more money on “junk food” than consumers who don’t use food stamps.

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According to the study, in 2011 food stamp recipients spent, at the store the study names only “a leading U.S. grocery retailer,” around $357,700,000 on soft drinks — considerably more than they did on spent on anything else — including milk ($253,700,000), ground beef ($201,000,000), “bag snacks” ($199,300,000) or “candy-packaged” ($96,200,000).

So what next? Limit EBT cards to fruit, vegetables and protein? That’s great if they are on the Paleo diet, but pretty much sucks if they have kids. Other items that ranked in the Top 25 that food stamp recipients spent their funds on were “frozen handhelds and snacks” (No 9 with $101,500,000 in purchases); “frozen pizza” (No 13 with $90,200,000 in purchases); “ice cream, ice milks, and sherbets” (No. 15 with $86,000,000 in purchases) and “cookies” (No. 17 with $78,200,000 in purchases). Sounds very unhealthy huh? But I’ll bet that is skewed for an agenda.

Look, welfare is not a good place to be and we should be forcing people off it as fast as possible. But why make it even worse by Nanny-Stating them on what they eat? It looks like I’m in the minority as many states have introduced bills now that would have very strict guidelines for what those on EBT cards can and can’t buy. In Arkansas, Republican Rep. Mary Bentley is seeking to take items such as chips, soda and candy off of the list.

This all plays into the food deserts nonsense. We want less government intervention, not more. This sounds like a bunch of professional liberal nags that are also control freaks that want to force people to behave like drones and do what they are told. No thanks… just another good reason not to be on welfare I guess.

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Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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