You have incorrect information in your OP and I have to address it.
WIC and Snap are TWO DIFFERENT programs. One is a check that you get for certain items like milk, eggs and cereal. It is for expectant mothers and
their children. You get it while pregnant and then you can get it when the baby is born for a few years if need be for things like formula, which is
why many get it. Formula isn't cheap and with WIC you get quite a bit so it helps many with low income homes. It isn't permanent either, you can only
get it for so long. It has to do with the age of the child I believe. Snap is the food stamp card which looks like a debit card, that is for food. WIC
you need to present an ID card to even use it in the store, you can't sell your WIC checks to someone else. You could but it isn't as easy to use
someone else's WIC esp if the store follows procedure on WIC identification. The food stamp/ebt card yes you could because it only requires a pin
number to use.
I remember when food stamps were in a booklet and it was paper money basically, it was just as easy to sell those too if one wanted to but these cards
seem to cause more fraud. I have my own theory on that but that is another thread.
These EBT Snap cards come with a balance that is either for
food or cash. Yes they have a cash option on these cards but you have to qualify for that option. The money is loaded electronically once a month. It
is tied to a bank, JPMorgan Chase.
So the two are very different and this guy didn't abuse WIC he abused SNAP the food stamp program.
Now on to those who say do away with these programs or that all people on assistance are lazy. Well I hope you never have to need assistance in your
life. I hope you never lose your job unexpectedly or get sick unexpectedly and lose your job or lose your income period! I get very offended by these
remarks and it takes ALOT to offend me. I am a recipient of government assistance and I'm not ashamed. It has really helped and I'm thankful there is
a program like this. I paid into this program for years while working and never thought it was bad or needed canceling because I know there are honest
people out there who appreciate the help!
It is the first time in my life I have ever needed any help financially for anything esp food. I am 34 yrs old and expecting my first child in June. I
was let go from my job because I am pregnant. You think I enjoyed that? You think I wanted that? NO! I wanted to work! I am not the sit on my rear
type and take handouts. I didn't mind my job and I enjoyed it. I actually like working and earning something and being productive. It got me out of
the house and I made some money and it wasn't much, less than $200 a week but I worked and contributed. My fiancee works overseas and pays all the
major bills. My income was used for things like food and stuff around the house so losing it hurt, every dollar mattered. I am very good at budgeting
but you can't budget 0!! So on the advice of a friend I applied and was approved. I didn't want to get assistance because I was embarrassed at first
but I'm not now. I am grateful. That is why programs like this are good, they really do help people and not everyone abuses these programs. Sadly many
do but there are those like me who dont and there are those like me who APPRECIATE it. I could never abuse it and I think it is very wrong of people
who do. I'm in an area that was very much affected by the shuttle program ending. The economy here tanked so bad in 2008 and jobs are very scarce.
When you do find a position that is open you are also in line with literally hundreds of other applicants no joke. Right now nobody will hire me
because I am pregnant and I do understand that but it still sucks. I like working and when you could find a second job easily I had one. I had 3 jobs
at one point in my life. I didn't mind it, they were all so different so it didn't seem repetitive.
Anyway right now I needed help so I applied for it. I get WIC and I get Food Stamps and believe me it's not much, $169 bucks a month but you know what
I am grateful and thankful. With what they give me and how I shop it's like double that a month and it really helps. I shop only when an item is on
I would never sell or abuse this for anything. Those who do are ungrateful and have self entitlement issues. I have known people to live off
the system and it makes me sick. For every person who is lying one person is denied who is honest and truthful. It is really messed up.
I live in FL and I actually lived in Daytona Beach for yrs, right now I'm about an hour south. I am not surprised in the least bit about this story.
FL has such a high rate of welfare fraud it's unreal!!! I can't tell you what I've seen and it just makes me so mad. I have seen and known people to
brag about how they cheat the system. I am not pleasant either when someone states this in my presence. I think it's wrong and I let them know.
So before you go trash talking everyone on assistance think if it were you who needed it.
edit on 4/3/2013 by mblahnikluver because: (no