Food Stamp Ban Sweets
February 7, 2012 by staff
Food Stamp Ban Sweets, A Florida lawmaker is pushing a bill that would ban the use of food stamps to purchase snacks and sweets like cookies and cakes.
Republican Sen. Ronda Storms of Valrico says she wants to stop the small percentage of recipients who misuse food stamps. Her bill would also require the state to start a program to teach food stamp recipients about healthy eating and how making your own products like cakes is cheaper than buying store-made. The bill is moving through committees.
The bill’s critics say the government shouldn’t be telling people what to eat. Democratic Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed of Pompano Beach also says the educational provision is demeaning to minorities and the poor by implying they aren’t smart enough to make their own choices.
Today we spoke with several people that use food stamps for their take on this bill. Shawanda Alvin considers herself lucky to have food stamps.
“I thank God, I’m blessed to have them,” said Alvin.
Alvin says in a tough economy they are a big help to her every month. Though she tries to focus on buying the healthy stuff, but every so often caves-in.
“I do want a little junk food in my life,” said Alvin.
Amira Waites uses food stamps and believes an all-out ban on treats doesn’t make sense.
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