Cutting Food Stamps not the Answer

Sherrill Fulghum By Sherrill Fulghum, 11th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1dervwwx/
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Politicians have made the food stamp program a big issue, with some attempting drastic measures...but is it the real answer?

Food Stamp Program

Over the past several months Social Services programs like SNAP – food stamps have been a big part of the news; usually touted by fancy suit politicians who have the slightest clue of the program itself nor how it is used.

As in all things there is a small percentage of users who abuse the system; but there are far more people who lack the understanding of just how to make the best use of the benefits they receive.

The food stamp program does not cover anything inedible no matter how essential it may be like soap and toilet paper. And that includes tobacco and all adult beverages.

One of the allowable items – carbonated drinks – has come under fire as something that should not be allowed; HOWEVER, despite the push for healthier food, the often suggested fruit juices contain just as much, if not more, sugar than a Coke, Sprite, Pepsi, and the like. And the juice costs more. For example, my local grocery store has been offering a buy two get two and sometimes three free six pack deal on soda drinks; which means for around $14 plus tax and deposit a person or family has 24 or 30 – depending on the deal – 24 ounce bottles of soda pop. That same grocery store sells Minute Maid juices boxes on sale for $3.99 for 10 eight ounce boxes. So, that “junky” soda pop becomes the far better value. And not everyone drinks sugary drinks, some people prefer the diet variety...no sugar.

By the same token, buying that expensive cut of steak for one meal over a big package of hamburger that would last several meals for the same price is not a good move.

It has been mentioned by some of those fancy suit politicians that all meat and fish should be removed from the allowed list. That is an extreme knee jerk reaction. Fish is brain food – something that is essential for children to learn in school. Limiting the high end beef and seafood items is a much better answer.

And an even better answer to the food stamp problem is some education on the service. For example there are people who receive large sums of food allowances. Some of these people 'go crazy” at the store buying up items they would never be able to purchase and two weeks into the month there is no more food in the house and no money or food stamps to buy any. In such cases perhaps dividing the money up and issuing it every week or two weeks would help to alleviate the problem. No longer do recipients have to stand in line to receive food stamp coupons; the food allowance is “direct deposited” onto a benefit debit card.

Pooer families who do not receive food stamps or get very little have long ago learned the fine art of using sales and coupons to make the available funds go as far as possible. While some food stamp recipients partake of this practice; many do not. Requiring every food stamp recipient to “take a class” as a part of receiving their benefits to learn how to make a little go a long way would also help.

While there is no hard and fast solution to the problem – short of everyone working which isn't possible – every little bit can help and is certainly far better than the political solution made famous by Marie Antionette, “let them eat cake.”

Another possibility is to adopt the WIC program across the board. WIC is a program for pregnant mothers and families with children under the age of five. Each WIC coupon specifies exactly what may be gotten including brand and size. That way there is no chance to buy the big ticket items.

The food stamp program is essential to the survival of some people and punishing them for the sake of a small number of abusers is a criminal act akin to murder. Ti's bad enough that some people must decide between food and medications.

It is time for the fancy suits to come down from their ivory towers and walk in the real world.

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Food Stamp Abuse, Food Stamp Program, Food Stamps, Psssible Food Stamp Solution, Snap, Wic

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Sherrill is an award winning journalist with a speciality in music and entertainment. She is also a photographer.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
12th May 2015 (#)

These options would be helpful. I think having them word in the community food boxes offices and check into getting food that way.

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author avatar Sherrill Fulghum
13th May 2015 (#)

Some people have to do community service to receive their benefits.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
13th May 2015 (#)

I think a lot of them are ignorant and are generational welfare receivers. They don't know any different. I knew a worman years ago that would get pregnant and have more kids so she'd get more money. That was before the program went through some needed changes.

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author avatar Sherrill Fulghum
13th May 2015 (#)

They still do, and that would save a whole lot of money if they started to cap the number of kids; but that is a VERY unpopular suggestion because people scream it would hurt the kids...not if they didn't have them.
I have seen and heard a lot over the years, and the so called "welfare mentality" is alive and doing very well.

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author avatar Sherrill Fulghum
13th May 2015 (#)

They still do, and that would save a whole lot of money if they started to cap the number of kids; but that is a VERY unpopular suggestion because people scream it would hurt the kids...not if they didn't have them.
I have seen and heard a lot over the years, and the so called "welfare mentality" is alive and doing very well.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
16th May 2015 (#)

Great live in the America.

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