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New York City Says No to Using Food Stamps for Sodas

By Marion Nestle, November 22, 2010 - 1:31pm

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You all have to understand that many of the people that are currently on the SNAP program have worked all of their lives and have paid their taxes into the pool. Because of the recession and the many, many thousands of people that are currently out of work they are forced to now participate in this program. Their way of living before this may have been to buy sodas and sugary snacks and just because they are subject to government assistance at this present time does not mean that they are in a lower class and should be monitored by bored people such as yourselves. It is completely up to the parent to decide what is good for their children to eat and obesity is not from soda alone. Think people, sometimes it's from medication, lack of exercise along with a combination of not eating right. This is supposed to be a free country and every day I am seeing people like you who are constantly trying to monitor what people do as far as food is concerned. Why don't you just take away our freedom to live a as we were promised it this wonderful land of opportunity.
Not every parent on the SNAP program purchases an abundance of sugary SNACKS but you are putting them all into a category of the "FOOD STAMP GROUP' and it is extremely unfair. You guys need to stay focused on what YOU are eating and what YOU are feeding YOUR children and get out of everybody else’s business, how about that? Your taxes would be spent anyways on some foolishness that the government decides is necessary so stop crying about your taxes and the welfare system.


12/04/2010 - 10:08am

All states need more restrictions like this in place, for all junk food, not just with soda. Work at a grocery store for a few years and you won't need an official "study" to tell you that, yes, this is in fact what the majority of food stamp people are buying. I still remember ringing up a customer some five years ago right before Valentine's Day and having her tell me she didn't want the chocolate "love fun" body paints unless they were covered by her food stamps. Sure enough, and much to my INCREDIBLE disgust, they were. They are, after all, classified as food under all current food stamp guidelines, even if they are used for sex games. It was a nice, bitter reminder of just what my tax money is going towards--money I would happily use on my own extremely expensive medications and nutrition needs.

And as I said before, stories like that one are not the exception, but the rule. Cut out candy, pop, other junk food with no nutritional value, and let them buy toilet paper, soap, deodorant, paper towels, toothpaste, and other essentials. If they truly need the food stamps, they likely need help with that stuff too, and not just stocking their freezers with pizza rolls and shrimp.


11/29/2010 - 3:16pm

I am agree, also sould be for chips and fat food. our children need health food


11/29/2010 - 1:17pm

First of all I am an advocate for healthier eating, but sometimes soda and sugary foods are a part of life. If the ONLY reason for this movement is to prevent obesity, then why not allow diet sodas? Unfortunately many of the recipients of stamps were not well nourished when they were children themselves and don't have a clue how to provide proper nutrition. Many of them do not know how to cook or what would constitute as healthy ingredients, or for that matter how to put healthy ingredients together to make a tasty meal that kids will eat. I am a nurse and have many friends not on the stamp program that have no clue on proper nutrition. If something were to happen to their livelihood and they had to go on the stamp program, that eating is not going to change. The stamp program is not a magical, now I know how to eat healthy miracle. Sugar is a necessary item for the bodies natural function, however, natural sugars that are provided in fruits are not always as palatable for children. Desserts are Ok in moderation, and necessary for emotional and happy lives, but isn't that the key word "moderation". I propose more education is necessary. Lets spend some money on cooking and nutrition classes for these people. As a former WIC recipient I know that nutrition counseling and classes were mandatory. Maybe the states should make them mandatory as well. If people knew how to prepare better meals they probably would.


11/29/2010 - 1:11pm

Sad that it takes so much politics on this issue. Just BAN the use of benefits for junk food. PERIOD. Why is it even an issue? Soda is junk. Snack food is snack food. Nutrition comes with a peel (banana), or a skin (apple), not a metal can or plastic wrapper.


11/25/2010 - 4:26pm

Every Food Stamp program in every state should ban the use of Food Stamps for Non-nutritional items on a permanent basis! I have always thought that. The fact that people on food stamps cannot buy soap or deodorant because they are not eaten but can buy soda pop and chips because they can be eaten is absolutely absurd!


11/23/2010 - 11:01pm

I would love to see SNAP benefits handled like the WIC program. You have a list of foods and you can choose from them, but they are all relatively healthy and "good food" choices. They may complain, but they would have to buy their oreos and their cokes and potato chips with their own money. Maybe it would reduce the junk that's in the house for the kids to eat.


11/23/2010 - 5:13pm

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