View Poll Results: Should food stamps only be redeemable for bulk staples and basic ingredients?

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

    The poll question is rather basic. Should we do this? Explain why or why not.

    For context, this is what currently is redeemable:
    • breads and cereals;
    • fruits and vegetables;
    • meats, fish and poultry;
    • dairy products;
    • Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items
    • Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes are also food items and are therefore eligible items

    Source: Eligible Food Items | Food and Nutrition Service

    A question you might think about that could affect your answer might be, "What is the real, core, basic purpose of food assistance programs?"

    If the answer is to prevent hunger/starvation in the U.S., then I would propose that all packaged processed foods (foods with multiple ingredients listed) be excluded. That sweeps a lot of confusion off the table right there. Eligible items could include single ingredient bulk staples like rice, beans, lentils, flour, pasta, basic spices, cooking oil, even sugar, and produce, eggs, and, what the hell, even some types of meat.

    That combination alone results in a panoply of food options, and minimal risk of starvation. It also mitigates starvation at the cheapest and maybe healthiest manner possible -- by putting control over the ingredients into the hands of the person receiving and preparing the food.

    So my vote in this poll is Yes. We should do this.

    Let's assume these folks would throw a conniption and vote No.



    What do you all say?

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

    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.
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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.
    Thanks for your response. I have a number of thoughts about this but will respond in a bit when others have had a chance to contribute.

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

    What about simply restricting food?

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

    I have always thought they should be redeemable for only food at restaurants approved by the food stamps issuer. But just food and drink. Period.
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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    At the very least healthy foods.

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

    SNAP already does not cover the basic supplies.

    it needs to be EXPANDED, to cover all needed items.

    Including gas or bus pass to GET the stupid food in the first place.
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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    I'd say get rid of the sodas, snacks and bakery items and we can leave it at that.


    btw, I think I know where you are going with your graphic showing all the major food players. I don't know about the people who get the food stamps since I've never had them, but I think I would be buying a lot of generic food to make the money stretch further. Those major players would get a minimal amount from me.
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    Re: Should we restrict food stamps to bulk staples and basic ingredients?

    We dont have this system here.

    We have "special" supermarkets for the poor and only for them, since you can only enter with a note by the magistrate proving that you are poor.

    In these supermarkets, all products are drasticaly cheaper and some basic things such as bread and milk are even for free.

    I believe it is partialy financed through the government and the private sector.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post

    What do you all say?
    I think it should be similar to the way the wic voucher system is. I do not know about other states but in my state WIC vouchers say what you can get and when you can get it and last I checked you must sign your name on the voucher. Also people on food stamps should not be able to buy energy drinks, soda, koolaid,junk food,microwavable dinners, name brand food and luxery food like t-bone steaks,lobster, sushi, and etc.
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