Under President Obama too many Americans were out of work and living on food stamps and welfare – but under Trump, if you can work, you WILL work – and this latest plan has Trump’s approval!
Now, some lawmakers are weighing whether restrictions should be placed on food stamps to keep recipients from using them to purchase candy, soda, and other sugary products after a USDA report documented just how much is spent on unhealthy foods.
When grouped together, more money was spent on unhealthy food than healthy foods:
“SNAP recipients spent more money — more than $1.9 billion total — on sweetened beverages, frozen prepared foods, desserts, high-fat dairy, and salty snacks than they did on fruits, vegetables, milk, bread, and crackers, which totaled nearly $1.4 billion.”
According to the report, about 20% of food stamps were spent on the categories of sweetened beverages, desserts, salty snacks, candy and sugar.
Many believe Food Stamps should be used on the essentials – not for a lifetime of living off the taxpayer on a government funded vacation!
But some found the suggestion of restricting these unhealthy foods from food stamp recipients distasteful in themselves.
Maine is one of the states asking for the ban, with Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew noting the higher rates of obesity and the $700 million of obesity-related medical expenditures in the state.