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originally posted by: TheRedneck
a reply to: pavil
Not here. No "hot food." No alcohol. No tobacco products. Sometimes certain vitamins will go on it.
I think some people just don't understand how SNAP works, or maybe it's just different in other states.
originally posted by: Aazadan
a reply to: TheRedneck
Did you know these programs already exist on the state level, the feds are just taking that. They're also removing choice while doing so. We have programs in Ohio where you can pay with food stamps (and only with food stamps for that matter) where you can select food packages for around $45 that amount to about 3 weeks worth of food for a
You just want to punish people with government cheese.
originally posted by: Somethingsamiss
I hope this is the right spot for this. Sorry i don't know how to embed text.
The Trump administration is proposing a major shake-up in one of the country's most important "safety net" programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. Under the proposal, most SNAP recipients would lose much of their ability to choose the food they buy with their SNAP benefits.
The proposal is included in the Trump administration budget request for fiscal year 2019. It would require approval from Congress.
Under the proposal, which was announced Monday, low-income Americans who receive at least $90 a month — just over 80 percent of all SNAP recipients — would get about half of their benefits in the form of a "USDA Foods package." The package was described in the budget as consisting of "shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables." The boxes would not include fresh fruits or vegetables.
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Okay so i can understand where they are coming from, but... My first job when i was a kid was as a cashier for a high end grocery store. I always found it weird when people would come through buying stuff like Filet mignon or lobster tail. As i got older i started volunteering for a homeless outreach, i had to leave a few years ago due to belief differences (wasn't a fan of it becoming a cultish work camp for the so calles man of god in charge) but many of the residents received snap benefits. And honestly many of them abused it. They would trade their benefits for things like tobacco or use it to buy junk foods or soda. Then go to food banks and get the "real food".
I do think it needs to have some stipulations put on what can be bought and what can't. But this plan is crazy. They are taking the the potential nutritional value from the program. But take away the or limit the amount of junk that can be bought and make the consequences hasher for those that sell them for money or other goods. Educate people on the importance of nutrition. Also those that are capable of working help them find jobs and make it mandatory that they work so many hours per week.
originally posted by: burgerbuddy
originally posted by: Bicent
a reply to: dawnstar
You have to look at the stats. People are not buying healthy food with food stamps. So now that this SOUNDS like we are getting emotional or something personal I am out of the topic. I just suggest to gather more info on the subject and try to make it better and save money on an entitlement program that is losing us billions of dollars a year. Don’t forget our government has to some how balance a 20 trillion dollar debt asap. Feel free to offer better ideas. Respectfully I get it.. let’s not forget we don’t even know the details of the idea. Allot of quick judgements.
They are just tossing ideas around to see what they can come up with to get people decent non perishable food stuffs and cut some waste and abuse in the program.
Now ya get a credit card, essentially.
People don't make the best choices, ever go shopping with kids?
Spend more time putting stuff back on the shelves.
Stuff like oatmeal is good. Cheap and healthy for all ages.
How many would buy it?
Hell, Ramen noodles even. Retail is what, 10 pks for a buck?
Add a fried egg and slice of ham, got a decent lunch or quick dinner. We use ham or a slice of fried Spam type meat.
Lots of ways to dress up the basics.
I'm sure someone can come up with an easy to read nutritional booklet with some recipes to put in the boxes.
Just think of the jobs that could be created. From the food and packaging producers to doorstep.
Besides, the food stuffs most likely would be from top brands in plain packaging. So there is that.
originally posted by: MOMof3
a reply to: howtonhawky
Dietitians make between 60k and 80k. That’s a lot of food stamps.
originally posted by: howtonhawky
a reply to: MOMof3
i have to disagree with you that food suppliers need to hire dietitians.
The food box is here and will grow much even if not in the food stamp program.
Food box companies already exist and can benefit their customers by showing and sending items specific to ones dietary needs based on previous diagnosis of illness.
Food box companies will not come and make sure you chew correctly.
What you suggest is outside the scope of a food supplier.