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[–] Elcycs 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

I agree. They should remove soda, candy and most prepared foods. Not too long ago I saw food stamps used for a mountain of frozen garbage. I could have made at least three times as many healthy meals for what that cost.

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[–] Pwning4Ever 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

People on foodstamps are more likely to be obese. Yup, totally starving.

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[–] mmmmdonuts 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Hey! Eating healthy is expensive!!!

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[–] vacvape 5 points 0 points (+5|-5) ago 

Being grossly obese is a symptom of starvation in our current corporate economy. I'm confident that will soar well above ya.

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[–] Bustatruggalo 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Maine is doing it right. If i am expected to drug test to be gainfully employed the unemployed / welfare recipients should also have to maintain a drug free life. Second main has created a program where welfare recipients (excluding sick and old) must work a minimum hours a week with state sponsored programs (community service) in order to claim weekly benefits. This has caused a drop in claims and unemployment has gone down. With this new bill it can also create not only an employed society but healthier one.

If your going to depend on the federal government you should have to adhere to its every whim.

Americans should work and live free instead of suck uncle sams tity.

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[–] kittysaysmeownow 5 points 0 points (+5|-5) ago 

Not everybody on foodstamps is a fatass. Those who are skinny should be allowed the occasional treat just like anybody else. What really needs to happen is a fat tax on all fats. If you're fat, you are taxed by BMI. It punishes the right people, and helps cover their medical costs. And also a healthy living tax break for everybody else.

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[–] etzefeck 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

it's a good idea and you're on the right track, but I don't think it would ever be possible to tax based on BMI because fat people usually don't make any money. You'd be taxing the laziest most unproductive people in the country.

You cant get water from a stone.

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[–] FeefeeImpaler 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

Did you even read the article? "The proposal doesn’t include other sugary foods, such as cookies or ice cream". People on assistance can still have "a treat" though I agree with rotten_ronny that if you want treats you should earn them.

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[–] fupababy 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

only extremely healthy, vitamin-rich foods should be allowed to be bought with food stamps. in a perfect world.

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[–] Ghetto_Shitlord 1 points 18 points (+19|-1) ago 

This should be easy to do, of course, in Murica, EVERYTHING gets attacked by the majority of binary A/B (Republican or Democrat) thinkers, and sides are taken. Middle ground, what's that? Sigh. As far as I am concerned, if you are getting something for free, the person or entity giving it should be able to place any restriction on it they deem fit. Don't like it? Don't take the free stuff.

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[–] SmokeyPal 2 points 16 points (+18|-2) ago 

I worked in a small family owned convenience store in Maine about 20 years ago, and they would come in with their grub stubs to get sodas, chips, candy, slim jims, etc. Not once did I see them get a salad or a piece of fruit or milk. It was always junk food.

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[–] Rakosman 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I would never buy produce from a convenience store. I buy shit food from convenience stores and real food from grocery stores. Not that your point doesn't extend outside of convenience stores, just pointing out that it's a bit of a flawed anecdote.

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[–] SmokeyPal 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The closest grocery store was approximately 25 minutes away from that town, so we had some fruit available. The store also made pizzas, sandwiches, salads, etc. There were a few healthy options (ie: salads), but you never saw anyone with grub stubs choose them.

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[–] EarlVanDorn 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

If they ever did get a salad I'm sure they would add a great big cup of Thousand Island dressing.

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[–] SmokeyPal 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Not just a cup, but the whole bottle.

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[–] Speshul_Sn0wflake 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Or a gallon of ranch...

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[–] Nofatpeople 3 points 12 points (+15|-3) ago 

Fuck that. They should have a very limited selection, like oats, rice, beans, and blemished produce. Food stamps should not be used for anything beyond sustenance.

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[–] Rakosman 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

blemished produce

Ahaha. As someone who goes out of his way to buy older fruit, I wouldn't mind this one bit. It helps that I buy my groceries like every other day, though. Benefits of living around the corner from the store.

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[–] mangiamerdeemorte 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

And limit eligible purchases by bar codes and such. We have the technology to do this.

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[–] Rakosman 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The problem is not the ability, but the cost. It would cost more money to create and maintain the blacklist than it would to just let people buy things with a nutrition label (the current and only filter.) There's also the smaller issue of people not being clear on the rules and tying up checkout lines.

Ultimately, most people only use part of their SNAP benefits for all of their food. There's been no evidence linking SNAP benefits with different unhealthy diets or obesity when compared against the average household.

It might seem cut and dry, but consider these and think about them in the context of an objective list:

  • Hershey bar, chocolate chips, bakers chocolate & sugar.
  • protein rich candy bars (like Snickers), protein bars, granola bar.
  • Coke, Coke Zero, Flavored carbonated water, flavored water, juice; energy drinks, coffee drinks

I think the idea is good, but the implementation is not practical and likely not useful. The USDA has already considered things like these and has a document outlining why they don't implement them.

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[–] Miss32E 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Skimmed through the article and closed it the moment I saw American Beverage Association. 46 million people are currently on foodstamps in the US. Can you imagine the dent on their profits if soda was excluded?

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