Skip to comments.18 mayors: Limit use of food stamps to buy soda
Posted on 06/18/2013 10:00:42 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.
In a letter sent to congressional leaders on Tuesday, the mayors say its time to test and evaluate approaches limiting the use of the subsidies for sugar-laden beverages, in the interest of fighting obesity and related diseases.
We need to find ways to strengthen the program and promote good nutrition while limiting the use of these resources for items with no nutritional value, like sugary drinks, that are actually harming the health of participants, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose office released the letter, said in a statement. Why should we continue supporting unhealthy purchases in the false name of nutrition assistance?
The other cities whose mayors signed the letter are Baltimore; Boston; Louisville, Ky.; Madison, Wis.; Minneapolis; Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Providence, R.I.; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; St. Louis; and Seattle.
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I’m surprised Doomberg would be behind this.
fair enough. you accept the govt’s money, you follow their rules
Take the King’s Coin, Do the King’s Bidding.
For once, I agree with Bloomie. Don’t stop at sugary sodas. No chips, no pop tarts, no candy. Healthy foods only, and generics, like WIC.
There is so much abuse regarding food stamps (regarded as free money), soda is the least of their worries.
They don’t have to ban all soda. Just grape soda and Sprite.
I agree. No processed microwave meals. Just staples like flour, sugar, fruits and veggies, basic meats. Nothing more than $5 lb.
Not sure why someone on SNAP needs steak and lobster. Not sure why they need premade cake and icecream. If you want those things then learn how to make them.
Has the USDA changed their policy on soft drinks since 1977? In those days I worked for Lucky Stores in southern CA and you could not buy soft drinks with food stamps.
That did not stop people from buying $100 in food with food stamps and $100 in alcohol and cigarettes with cash.
Not against SNAP (Food Stamps) per se and the idea that 1 in 5 citizens (and who knows how many aliens?) are on the dole. Oh, no, they just don’t want “Big Sugar” or “Big Soda” to make a profit from it. The fact that welfare, food stamps and Section 8 are what is dragging this country down to the level of Ethiopia or Bangladesh doesn’t enter into it.
>>Im surprised Doomberg would be behind this<<
doonseburg rule: never EVER let an opportunity to control as many as possible go by. liberal ideas of “the stupid downtrodden” must relinquish to the All Seeing Eye of The State.”
Viva la Nanny State!
You post on this forum, yet spew the control nature of the left. Food stamps is the least of our worries in this country right now. Some of you who are so judgmental about what people can and can’t buy - may someday find yourself in need. Don’t we have enough of big brother without the posters on here chiming in with the left? Sure, there is fraud, but its prevalent in larger ways in this country.
well as long as we’re all going to be good little communists its high time to restrict the soda for the takers....that and their potato chips, and candy bars, and skittles, and their Arizona teas....just as bad for you as soda...
Oh yes. You can buy any “food” on food stamps except ready to eat hot food. You still cannot buy pet food, alcohol, tobacco, toilet tissue or soap. I am regularly behind users at the store, with conveyor belts full of soda pop, sugary cereals, snacks, and assorted junk foods, along with expensive convenience frozen foods. Very little fresh, nutritious food. The mom and the poor little kids are all obese. In the 70s there was still some stigma attached to good stamps. Now it is to make them feel like they’re just like working people.
I was at a local grocery meat dept. trying to figure out how much hamburger I could afford. I watched the woman ahead of me order 4.5 lbs of King Crab legs at $20.00 a lb and three 12 oz filet mignons at $12.99 lb. Saw her when I was checking ou. She got her total then whipped out an EBT card to pay for it.
Beer dogfood and lotto ok
It makes them feel superior. But I agree with all you said. Paying taxes doesn’t make you the boss of those who most had jobs all their lives and have had to cash in on what THEY paid for through the years. But you can’t make some Freepers understand that food stamps doesn’t equal non working bums. Some just underworking parents.
For a growing percentage of the population, welfare isn't a temporary safety net, it's a permanent way of life. Qualifying for it is the peak of their career. There is no reason to motivate them to move on because there is no job they can do that a computerized machine can't do better, faster, cheaper. Can we permanently deny the small luxuries in life to these people? I say give these human pets their treats but in exchange have them fixed.
Its the t-bone steaks and lobster that irks me.
Time to sell my stock in ‘purple drank’
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