With all of the government programs available to them, SNAP recipients can set a fine example for healthy living with the help of the government. The
American government does not want us to be fat and unhealthy, they simply want to garner the profits from the corporations that are making us
We all agree that being unhealthy has it's drawbacks on society and you will find that a lot of SNAP beneficiaries are fat. This angers a lot of
people. One in seven are on SNAP, and one in three Americans are obese. You can do the math, but I believe that means a large majority of SNAP
recipients are likely to be tipping the scales (or breaking them). You would think it strange, but almost all of these hefty beneficiaries use their
benefits up in the 3rd week and over 50% of them actually go to food banks to supplement themselves. So, how can they be so fat even when they run
out of food?
I do know that a lot of people have a sincere displeasure for people that are on SNAP, especially because of the fat recipients that they see buying
garbage foods. And yes, these people do tend to lead a very unhealthy lifestyle, as do the rest of the obese. We also hear about bills being proposed
to limiting certain foods to those that are poor by eradicating sodas, chips, and candies from the SNAP program, however, this source shows us that
recipients are NOT more likely to be fatter than people who aren't receiving food stamps.
SNAP to Health
Obesity used to be a sign of prosperity but because poor people are eating just as much junk as the privileged, being large is no longer a status of
wealth. This is not because the poor cannot afford the cost of healthy food, and it is not because they can simply buy junk on the taxpayers dime. On
page 27 here, you will see a diagram that shows food choices, whether on SNAP or not, do not differ between citizens, poor or wealthy.
Building Healthy America
So the outrage over obesity really shouldn't be directed at our nations SNAP recipients at all. Outrage should be aimed towards terrible nutritional
There is GOOD NEWS. There are programs out there that can make it so that our nations recipients can guide this country into a healthy lifestyle at
the government or taxpayers expense. This minor expense will affect the health industry we all love to hate so much. SNAP recipients have the
potential to beat these big food corporations at their own game!
For food stamp recipients, one of the lesser known eligible food items are seeds and plants, and this has been going on since 1973. Only food
producing seeds and plants are applicable. Places like Wal-Mart and The Dollar Store sells seeds and accepts EBT, and these stores can be found just
about anywhere. Farmers markets accept EBT and it is easy to get a flat of starter plants and trees from them as well.
Seeds and Plants
Instead of frowning on the poor, unhealthy, and obese recipients, we can encourage EBT recipients to plant, grow, harvest, and even make a little
money by selling their extras to start a business if they desire. Food can be grown anywhere, even in the ocean. I think they do it in outer space as
well, but I haven't researched this much. You can grow food in an apartment, in the desert, out in the slums, inside a garage, out on a patio, in
soil, without soil, in water, or even in thin air. People have been growing food for thousands and thousands of years in worse places than American
citizens are burdened with. As in the past, today billions of people grow their food in less than desirable conditions, and many of them profit too!
This is just one example and there are a plethora of videos like this out there.
How many people on SNAP even know that they can grow their own foods by purchasing seeds and plants with their EBT? And that it is encouraged with
the aid of several federal, state, and local programs? People really need to know this stuff. Here is a tool kit for SNAP gardens by state. You
will find informationals on how to alert your community that gardens can be grown from seeds or established plants obtained using an EBT card. You
can request posters for FREE to hang anywhere applicable to assure citizens that this is a REAL program designed to teach you to eat healthy, and to
obtain a sustainable lifestyle. These are not some cheap posters by the way. They are laminated and very nice. Feel free to make a small donation
to offset the costs if you wish, but it is not required because the government and taxpayer has it covered.
Free SNAP-Ed Posters
The SNAP program is meant for recipients to obtain long term independence and self sufficiency. This certainly is not a new concept, but SPIN(TM)
(Small Plot INtensive) gardening is extremely productive and can be very profitable if you have the time. You can SPIN(TM) garden in small places
just to feed the family, but this gardening style is meant for making a lucrative business.
SPIN-Gardening is a do-it-yourself vegetable food production system that enables you to grow a steady and dependable supply of vegetables
anywhere you live
About About 30% of recipients work, the rest are either children, disabled, elderly, or who knows what. Then there are around 15% of those that have
some time to spare. This 15% can get their seeds and plants for free, and literally start selling food in as little as a month depending on their
space. Anyone can purchase the business plans for a SPIN(TM) business, however, I have already purchased this package and I am happy to share these
with anyone that is interested. Also worth mentioning is that selling your food back to SNAP recipients is profitable and good for the economy. The
USDA says that every $5 in benefits generates as much as $9 in economic activity.
By this logic, way more people should be on SNAP leaving more money in the peoples wallets for education, healthcare, or brain rotting video games.
Go see if you qualify. You might be surprised at how poor you really are. Even if you qualify for only $50 per month, isn't it worth it for the
government to purchase a fruit tree for your yard?
Public schools seem to play a major factor in our childrens poor nutrition and obesity as well. As parents, teachers, administrators, and American
citizens, we HAVE to address this. Do not expect the politicians to do this for us. Children spend 30 hours a week in these institutions and what
parents do not know, or have the time for, is that they can implement changes at these schools. There are some AWESOME Farm to School programs in this
country and a garden curriculum can and should be implemented into our childrens education ASAP.
Farm To School
Growing food is a fundamental life skill that is no longer mainstream. Every state has a Farm to School program and every school can apply for these
grants. This is FREE money from the government or taxpayer. Grant writers can be found at no cost for such causes. If anyone needs help with this,
please let me know. Also, look here to see if your public school system is a part of Farm to School.
Granted Schools by State
If your school district is not a part of this, don't just sit home and bitch about what they are feeding your children while you are at work, get
involved! Share these links and tools with the Superintendent! Remind them that the state and USDA supports these efforts.
Fruit & Veg Program
Poor health and obesity boils mostly down to the fact that we no longer grow our own nutritious foods. We have lost all control of our food, and now
people are completely clueless as to how to obtain food without the aid of EBT and a grocer. This is unacceptable. It was only a short time ago that
families were encouraged to tend to their gardens by the government. Today, not so much, even though it is a really easy thing to do. Even with kids
in school and parents out on the job, a SNAP garden can be easily accomplished. You do not have to sit at home all day and watch your plants grow.
You can still go out and work or whatever.
Okay, so maybe you do not want to grow your own foods for whatever reasons. Fine. The argument that healthy foods are more costly to purchase than
junk items simply is not true. Five bags of beans and rice that will feed a family of four for a week is the same price as two Big Macs. Two heads
of cabbage is the same cost as a side of fries. Potatoes are cheap. So are eggs, oranges, bananas, frozen vegetables, whole grain pastas, etc. You
get the drift. You just have to learn what to buy, and learn how to prepare nutritious inexpensive meals in advance if you are busy. But in no way do
you have to break the bank or expend all of the funds from an EBT card in order to eat healthy. That is a terrible excuse and doesn't hold water. The
USDA has a database with close to 600 recipes using inexpensive SNAP eligible ingredients and spices. These recipes are priced per serving and
recipe, and come with a nutritional label. There is a healthy apple coffee cake recipe that serves 20 servings for $4.47
USDA Recipe Finder
Recipients can also buy locally using an EBT at the Farmer's Market. If he accepts EBT, purchasing a fruit tree is totally within the realm of your
rights. If the farmer doesn't accept EBT, simply inform the farmer that he can get a free terminal to accept all major credit/debit cards for FREE if
he accepts EBT! This program is nationwide and will increase the farmers profits. States have been requesting grants for this exact cause for a few
years now. The farmer can be selling fresh crops on the side of the road and can STILL get setup with a wireless system for FREE in a lot of states.
All of this is reinforced by the state and the farmer likely does not know anything about this offer.
Farmers Market Application
Essentially this is a great opportunity to use the government to defeat the corporations that conspire to keep us unhealthy in order to increase their
profit margin. This is a sick game they play on our health. At the hand of the government, all of the tools are available to avoid corporate
processed foods and circumvent the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. In essence, I hope this article helps at least one recipient to become
healthier and more sustainable at the governments expense. This will hopefully encourage others around them to do the same.
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by Hollie because: (no reason given)