The Question: What is the #1 Food Stamps item purchased in the United States?
The SNAP program (or “Food Stamps” as it is commonly referred to) that costs taxpayers in the neighborhood of $75B every year, is in desperate need of overhaul. When Newsweek announced on its cover “We are all Socialists now!” in 2009, they weren’t kidding. And here’s why.
What are people using this form of assistance for? To buy rice and beans? Things the human body actually needs? Are they making good use of everyone ELSE’S money? Or are they wasting it on terrible crap that only hastens the decline of their health, which we ALSO have to pay for?
Well, if you’re wondering, the answer to the above question sure as hell isn’t beans and rice.
And by the way, this is almost as bad as the report that the government has been giving this assistance to dead people (yes, seriously). Anyway, moving on.
AND THE WINNER IS:
SODA! (Or “Pop” for all you people west of Pittsburgh)
Allen B. West:
“The United States 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 5 percent of the dollars they spent on food. The category of ‘sweetened beverages,’ which includes fruit juices, energy drinks and sweetened teas, accounted for almost 10 percent of the dollars they spent on food. ‘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.’”
To back up this claim, just take a casual stroll through your favorite neighborhood supermarket or supercenter retail outlets on the first (or last) day of the month and be prepared for all-out mayhem!
There is a specific reason that large food distributors have entire teams of workers dedicated to ensuring that certain areas of the store are shored up with lots of overstock, especially Coke & Pepsi products, as well as Lays, Kraft, and Hostess. Another hard-hit area is fresh meats.
“For years, dozens of cities, states and medical groups have urged changes to SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, to help improve nutrition among the 43 million poorest Americans who receive food stamps. Specifically, they have called for restrictions so that food stamps cannot be used to buy junk food or sugary soft drinks.
But the food and beverage industries have spent millions opposing such measures, and the U.S.D.A. has denied every request, saying that selectively banning certain foods would be unfair to food stamp users and create too much red tape.”
So, whatever happened to “If you want something, you have to work for it?”
It’s more than fair for millions of working Americans who are struggling to feed their own families and are living paycheck to paycheck to spend about 7.1% of their family budget on soft drinks, while they subsidize through their taxes other families who spend about 9.3% of their Food Stamp budget on soft drinks, right?
When you’re at your local supermarket and you watch the literal caravan of grocery carts being paraded through the exit filled with soda and chips, just remember that this is just ONE FAMILY of millions…
American working families need relief…FAST!
Source: Allen B. West