Skip to comments.Fruits and veg, by prescription: NYC launches new program
Posted on 07/27/2013 10:33:26 AM PDT by Innovative
Low-income families in New York City struggling with obesity will soon be offered doctor prescriptions -- not for pills, but for fruits and vegetables.
The idea is that families will meet with a doctor at each clinic, as well as a nutritionist and community health worker, to discuss the connection between health and nutrition.
They will then be offered Health Bucks equivalent to $1 per family member per day, so that they can buy unprocessed fruits and vegetables at the markets. That adds up to about $128 per month for a family of four.
Patients are asked to return to the clinic monthly to renew their fruit and vegetable prescriptions, have their body mass index (BMI) evaluated, and discuss their self-managed goals for healthy eating.
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1. Why can't they spend the welfare money they are already getting on fruits and vegetables, why do they need extra money?
2. Who is paying for the monthly doctor's visit -- that's right, that's you and I, who work.
Right now the money given to them is funded by private donations, but that is only for the veggies, we are paying for their monthly doctor's visits and they want to have the whole program funded by the government.
No worries, no one will participate, and those who did will simply be doing so to sell them to people who actually want fruit and veggies.
I wish there were severe restrictions on what can be bought with food stamps. No junk food, soda, etc.
It’s not very expensive to buy fruits and vegetables.
Trying to educate welfare recipients about proper nutrition is fine. They could go to seminars as part of the condition for receiving food stamps. But giving them extra money to buy produce—just no.
Oh that's easy! Welfare money's for Twinkies, burritos and McDonald's, yo!
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This is Nanny State Bloomberg you’re talking about here, logic does not compute.
NY food stamp recipients are shipping welfare-funded groceries to relatives in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti
July 21, 2013
“Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found.
The practice is so common that hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon cardboard and plastic barrels line the walls of supermarkets in almost every Caribbean corner of the city.
The feds say the moveable feasts go against the intent of the $86 billion welfare program for impoverished Americans.”
$$$ 86 BILLION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bloated nanny state be damned.
You’ve gotta love America...the poorest of the poor are the fattest of the fat. What does it take to be REALLY poor in America?
Which they will then exchange for booze, cigs and snack crap.
An IRS lien against your wages and assets....
It is a Liberal concept.
So, yes, it sounds good, starts off nice.
But, eventually, the coupons will become to burdensome and will be replaced by EBT cards. After which the holders can buy whatever they want.
Libs never learn.
FedGov is changing “Electronic Benefits Transfer” (EBT) to mean Eat Better Tonight. Up next, YBBVFP — Your Big Brother Veggie and Fruit Prescription.
How about giving them a handful of vegetable seeds and tell them to plant a garden. If they don’t have a yard, then o containers and the window sill. That’ll give them some exercise and some needed Vit D aka sunshine. Better yet, kick anyone under 70 off food stamps after 6 months.
Good grief! Now it takes a village to eat. Morons spending our money.
In ILL-ANNOY we just exceeded the number of total jobs by the number of those on food stamps. Next Father’s Day, I should get about 5 extra cards from those I am currently supporting, so I got THAT going for me. Welcome to prescription foods soon to be included in ObamaCare as a new “right” not found in the Constitution, but will be assumed as a right from the left.
Even better - as I have posted here before - you need help with food - we’ll give it to you.
When you sign up - cooking lessons and a few pans, spoons, bowls and a cook book designed for the food stuffs we’ll be giving you.
Then we give you the actual food once and week, once every other week, and you’ll have to cook it. Make use of in-season and surplus goods. Carrots, cabbage, onions, potatoes, rice, beans, lentils, flour, sugar, OJ concentrate, milk, tea or coffee. Fruit in season or surplus. Same for veggies. Meat - if available. Heck, throw in salt, pepper, cooking oil, other seasonings once in a while. I bet most of us here could live on that.
You starve, it’s your choice.
If you don’t have a job, you have time to make your own bread.
Ain't government grand?