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.
Until the program is changed to better accommodate those in need to a better healthier lifestyle this is what we have to live with. Most young people do not prepare meals like mom. A balance meal takes time to prepare and to bring into it all that is needed for a healthier you. Not sure if healthful living is taught in high schools as it use to be in the 60's at least for girls. So it's much easier to just buy junk food. Food debit cards might have to be labeled with codes that allows what may be purchased without having the cashier make the decision and create a difficulty at the register. Fraud will always find it's way around it and that's the way evil works.
People are too lazy to cook anymore, they go to a "Window" for Food, or the millions of items that are already prepared and frozen. Disgusting chemicals used to preserve this type of food. Go buy Fresh Produce, Meat, Potatoes and go home, and make something out of it. Eating things out of the frozen section, or things boxed ,is not very healthy,
Additives with 5-6 syllable foreign chemical compounds that the body cannot digest, make for a very fat and very sick population.
Yes, Skip. Actually, my Dad started my education early in how the government destroys. Too bad he didn't do what he taught me. The corporation that is our government wants us to be sick so we can line their pockets.
It is almost as important to return to local farming as it is to regain our Constitution. Just look around you at the state of health in the US. It is really, really bad. It all goes together, God's plan for health and God's plan for our government. Rule locally. Live by His laws and guidance.
Leftists idea of long ago, get women out of the Home & working, and destruction of the Family will follow, it has. Home used to be a place of guidance, teaching, and discipline, now, it is hurried, everyone too tired from their Job, to pay attention. Children neglected, thrown pretty much on their own. The result is Kids are in trouble, drugs, pregnancy, etc. If they'd had a Mom at home, interested in their Real Job, the Welfare of their Children, things would be much different. Schools, and colleges indoctrinating helplessness, as you say. The dumber they are, the easier to manipulate. Now Children are given instructions by their I-Phone, no thinking involved.
Actually it was the Federal Reserve who saw half of the population was not working and paying taxes. This non-working group was the stay at home mom's who were taking care of their home and family. With the help of the CIA the book "The Female Unic" was produced and woman were made to feel and look like slaves, second class citizens and in need of liberation if they remained as house wives.
Then they went to work and pushed up inflation to make it necessary to have two incomes to have a home and family. This also helped to break the bond between mother and child so the left wing liberal public school system could try to wedge themselves between mother and child and become the role model and sorce of security to the child. Thus, breaking up the old famil;y model and basically the begaining of destroying the family.
This all started in the 70's. It's all part of the plan folks for the communistic New Global World Order
I have witnessed personally ........ purchased $7 in gum, got $93 back in cash. Right in front of me ! And that was only under one alias !!!!!! If they shut off the welfare faucet, these people will leave on their own !
instead of putting taxes on things that people consume, why not put sodas on a list of things that can't be bought with ebt cards ?
Black kids get a lot of their calories from junk food and sodas