The government should absolutely limit the kinds of food that is bought. I worked at Wal-Mart for a couple of years and it was ridiculous what I say food stamps paid for. There was one person that bought a bunch of Jello to make Jello shots and was talking about it the whole time that I was ringing up the items and then paid with food stamps. There was another one that bought about 50 dollars worth of candy.
People buying food with food stamps should not be able to buy any type of food at the super market. There are only a few limitations to what people can buy with their food stamps. But I think there should be even more in regards to what they can use it for. People using food stamps should only be able to buy the most basic of foods like oats, rice, pasta, ground beef, etc.
The purpose of the food stamp program is to ensure basic nutrition for those who otherwise may not be able to provide for themselves. Obviously there are many types of 'food' items that do not provide nutrition however, and may in fact even be detrimental for health. Soda or candy would be examples. Therefore it would be reasonable for the government to exclude these items from food stamps.
Food stamps are given to people who are unable, or unwilling to earn enough money for food. The cost of food stamps comes from other tax payers in the community. Food stamps should be spent on healthy foods only, to enable the person to survive until they can support themselves. There is no place for spending food stamps on tobacco, alcohol, junk food, or luxuries.
I cannot believe that with the shrinking middle class, that anyone would want to add another nail to the coffin of the struggling, under employed poor of this nation, already demoralized by an inability to to make what meager funds they have stretch from paycheck to paycheck! And in one of the richest developed countries in the world with one of the lowest minimum wages and biggest disparities between what women and men make Yes! Lets punish the single mothers, the elderly, the disabled, the children and a lot of our disabled veterans and their families! Let's be sure they feel as disenfranchised and marginalized as possible by policing their FOOD selections. You! Put that back! How Big Brother is that? Sounds more in line with something you'd find in North Korea, not North America. And for those of you so ready to look down your noses at these aforementioned groups receiving food stamps who buy "luxuries" like candy for the kids or a nicer cut of beef for Sunday dinner. Folks, you have no idea how tenuous your own footing in this economy can be, how quickly things can go from great to Honey, what are we going to do? It happens to people just like you and me- every. Single, day.
I received food benefits after I had to leave my husband--their father--because he became addicted to crystal meth and then became abusive. I tried counseling and other measures but he would not cooperate or even try at all.
Should our children have been punished because their father made bad choices?
Most of those receiving these benefits are elderly, disabled or children.
The rest are already working--I was working full-time but did not make enough to pay rent, utilities AND buy decent food!
Many of those working families are our MILITARY families, too! People are ignorant if they think people who receive benefits are lazy (I worked DAMNED hard but my 'good, Christian' employers only paid minimum) or unwilling to work! Those are LIES and you would know that if you bothered to volunteer in your communities!
It is hard to police the world and all that we do. Some things are better left alone and not complicated. As of right now you cannot buy hot food, energy drinks or alcohol. To go any further would complicate the system, cause loonger lines in stores, and quite frankly how would someone determine what is and is not acceptable. Sugar in certain forms are not healthy but not all sugars are bad. Vegetarians will tell you meat is bad for you, will a vegetarian diet be implemented and now people cannot use food stamps for meat? Let families decide how they eat and what they want to eat and if health issues arise, cutting the food stamps may prevent unhealthy choices and start marking down the ier foods and raise the cost of "unhealthy foods."