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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    I got that, but their still able to get enough food to BE overweight is my point.
    Its not about the quantity of food, it is the quality. Right now they food they can afford to get is the cheapest, unhealthiest food on the shelves. That food costs less. If you want to go in a direction where people on welfare can only eat natural, healthy foods it is going to cost more. You can feed a family far cheaper from a box than from the ground.
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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Limiting what someone can and can't buy on food-stamps is not akin to thinking those on food-stamps are beneath us.The purpose of food stamps is to make sure people do not starve, not provide people with junk food, sodas and other ****.
    So then would you be willing to pay more to ensure that they only get access to health foods?
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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    Eliminate food stamps altogether.

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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Unfortunately many of the folks on food stamps are single parents already working two or more jobs lacking the time, and may not have the extra resources to pay for the energy to cook those meals. When I thought all on SNAP were just at home unemployed, I used to think as you do. But now with so many working poor, I don't think we can fairly force this issue.
    It sounds logical but I think it can be done. With slow cookers/crock pots and entire meal can be started before work and by the time the work day is over, dinner is ready. I haven't started it yet, but I plan to experiment with one a week cooking. Cookbooks have been written to offer guidance in this method of meal preparation where once a week, such as Saturday, all the meals for an entire week are prepared. Once finished their placed in freezer to oven containers such as aluminum or glass containers and stored in the freezer. Then when its time for dinner, just grab one and heat it up in the oven.

    I think food stamp recipients should not be about to buy anything unhealthy: no sugar or sugary food, no cooking oils/fats, no high fatty food, only whole gains or products containing whole grains. Interestingly, some of the most unhealthy people in America as a consequence of poor dietary choices are food stamp recipients.

    I also like the idea of allowing food stamp recipients the opportunity to voluntarily join community gardening/farming co-ops funded by a portion of their food stamp allotment.
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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Unfortunately many of the folks on food stamps are single parents already working two or more jobs lacking the time, and may not have the extra resources to pay for the energy to cook those meals. When I thought all on SNAP were just at home unemployed, I used to think as you do. But now with so many working poor, I don't think we can fairly force this issue.
    It really doesn't take much time or effort to cook beans and rice. So I never saw the logic in this rebuttal.

    Also " pay for the energy to cook those meal" is just lulzi

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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    my wife crock pots all kinds of stuff. Beans or chili is great, she makes several different kinds of stew and chicken dumplins and on and on. And the house smells great by the time we get home.
    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    It sounds logical but I think it can be done. With slow cookers/crock pots and entire meal can be started before work and by the time the work day is over, dinner is ready. I haven't started it yet, but I plan to experiment with one a week cooking. Cookbooks have been written to offer guidance in this method of meal preparation where once a week, such as Saturday, all the meals for an entire week are prepared. Once finished their placed in freezer to oven containers such as aluminum or glass containers and stored in the freezer. Then when its time for dinner, just grab one and heat it up in the oven.

    I think food stamp recipients should not be about to buy anything unhealthy: no sugar or sugary food, no cooking oils/fats, no high fatty food, only whole gains or products containing whole grains. Interestingly, some of the most unhealthy people in America as a consequence of poor dietary choices are food stamp recipients.

    I also like the idea of allowing food stamp recipients the opportunity to voluntarily join community gardening/farming co-ops funded by a portion of their food stamp allotment.
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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    And stores like Sam's Club and Costco that offer bulk foods don't accept SNAP.
    you can buy a bag of beans (a bulk food) in almost any grocery store ...


    Most of the rebuttals being offered seem more manufactured than reality based, like the above

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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Of course, this neatly overlooks the fact that obesity is caused more by poor quality food than by overeating, and the cheap foods you'd be forcing fat poor people to buy would only make them fatter.
    how are beans and rice more unhealthy than a hot pocket?

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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    This is such a funny issue because so many so called "Conservatives" and "Libertarians" who claim to believe in the inherent virtue of personal liberty would like to restrict it for those who require food stamps.
    We are talking about state hand outs. of course people will want such managed. This isn't like the state trying to manage what an individual buys with their own resources.

    Not to mention, your argument is little more than a personal attack that does nothing to address his argument or logic

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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    The government is not giving them a "service" it is assistance.
    that is a distinction without a difference

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