Michael Bloomberg and Michelle Obama have been lecturing us (or at least those among us who use food stamps, aka SNAP) to no avail when it comes to sugary soft drinks. Anahad O’Conner of the New York Times reports:
What do households on food stamps buy at the grocery store?
The answer was largely a mystery until now. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the $74 billion food stamp program called SNAP, has published a detailed report that provides a glimpse into the shopping cart of the typical household that receives food stamps.
The findings show that the No. 1 purchases by SNAP households are soft drinks, which accounted for about 10 percent of the dollars they spent on food.
The food stamp crowd likes soft drinks a lot more than those who pay for their own food:
SNAP households spent 9.3 percent of their grocery budgets on soft drinks alone. That was slightly higher than the 7.1 percent figure for households that do not receive food stamps.
That amounts to 31% more soft drink consumption by those who don’t have to pay for it. Let me hazard a guess that people who qualify for food stamps also disproportionately do not pay fully for their medical care though either Medicaid or Obamacare subsidies.
This displeases the nanny staters:
"In this sense, SNAP is a multibillion-dollar taxpayer subsidy of the soda industry," said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. "It's pretty shocking."
The food stamp program has been a fraud magnet from the start. Consider the $16 million fraud ring just busted in Baltimore:
More than a dozen retail store operators in and around Baltimore have been charged in connection to a huge food stamp and wire fraud scheme.
The indictments allege the retailers received more than $16 million in federal payments for transactions in which they did not provide any food, a fraud scheme commonly known as “food stamp trafficking.” (snip)
The indictments allege that the defendants illegally exchanged EBT benefits for cash, instead. To avoid detection, they debited the funds from the card in multiple transactions over a period of hours or days, or called a different store where the transaction was processed manually, the Department of Justice says.
As a result these transactions, they allegedly obtained more than $16,482,270 in EBT deposits for transactions in which food sales never occurred or were substantially inflated and split the proceeds with food stamp recipients.
There isn’t a lot of diversity among the people charged in this Baltimore ring.
WAY TO GO WELFARE FEED YOUR KIDS JUNK !! WE THE PEOPLE WHO PROVIDE YOUR FREE BEES HAVE TO PAY MORE MEDICAL BILLS FOR YOUR INCAPACITIES OF GOOD JUDGMENT AND GOOD FOOD !!
More wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars....and they wonder why the obesity rate is through the roof...
yup it is a mess
This is one big fraud program that needs the leadership of President Trump and one of his good business efficiency experts. As with most Gov hand out programs there is significant fraud and waste. I am not saying to end the program. If run efficiently and legitimately, it could provide food subsidies to people who are in real need, at a much lower cost. Currently $74 billion is too much to feed 40 million people.
we can not afford to buy grocery with money because it's getting too expensive, the food stamp is another form of communist because the government want to take control of our lives
SURPRIZE.....NO . JUST STAND IN LINE WAITING TO PAY FOR YOUR GRO. What food stamps is /does paying for a vote. As I stood in a line , to pay we had to wait for the person at the front of line who was calling her son to bring back her card. He was using it somewhere. He announced when he handed back the card .. when asked if he was able to get the stuff. No problem. Then they proceeded checking out bathing suits, plastic wading pool, pot chips soft drinks, sandwiches, candy. A picture needs to be on these Food Stamp cards. No cash allowed. And while we are at it... cut off all these FREE OBUMOPHONES. ---
I am a disabled Vet and I get $33 in food stamps. I use them wisely and try to make them work for me. I buy coffee every other month am I bad for this?. It's not a soft drink but it IS a drink none the less. I saw a young lady get cigarettes with her food stamp card and I told the clerk that was wrong and she told me to come back and talk to the owner. I didn't but I did report it to the DCF. A lot of good that does....
see you are disabled Vet for them to give you $33 is not enough because food prize is going up every day, led alone people are using food stamp for the wrong thing
Keith, If you are a disabled Vet, you should be getting a lot more than a mear $33.00 and should be able to spend it any damn way you want ! You can have my place in line any time Brother.