March 20, 2013

WaPo shocked that food stamps used for junk food

If this were George H.W. Bush ("supermarket scanner moment" -- proven completely false despite the MSM disseminating it) or Mitt Romney (deli order machine at "Wawas"), the WaPo would be relentless or their supposed cluelessness; who finds the paper clueless given this snippet today:

What really caught my attention, though, were the photographs that showed what some SNAP recipients bought with their government-funded debit cards: CheetosPuffs, a one-ounce handful of which contains 10 grams of fat; a box containing two dozen 12-ounce cans of Fanta Orange soda, each of which contains 44 grams of sugar; a carton of six-ounce Capri Sun drink pouches, each of which contains 16 grams of sugar.

In short, this immense nutrition program pays for a lot of stuff that is the opposite of nutritious.

Indeed. As any average joe who's ever been to the supermarket could attest.

It's not unlike children who arrive to school and promptly head to the cafeteria for their government-funded "free" breakfast ... all the while checking their iPhones, as tunes blare through their iPods into their Beats headphones.

But be sure not to say anything about it, though. You'll be "insensitive," "callous," "unsympathetic," "mean-spirited," etc. etc. etc.

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The biggest hypocrisy is the administrations push for healthy eating. Why not require recipients to purchase nutritional food?

Posted by: Arthur at March 20, 2013 06:17 PM

This may just be a practical consideration rather than anything else. If there is a list of approved items that list has to be monitored, updated, tracked and communicated. This means you have to hire someone to do just that and then the retailers have to have an easy way to implement the list with their POS systems. Given that they probably all use different ones the overhead of maintaining such a system probably becomes complicated pretty quickly. Ultimately, it's probably just cheaper to allow anything at a given retailer. This also makes it more likely for retailers to participate in the program.

Posted by: Duffy at March 21, 2013 03:37 PM

Duffy, the store I shop at (Pathmark on Lancaster Avenue) already has such a system for the WIC program. Certain products are listed on the shelves as WIC-approved. I don't know entirely what that means, but since I see people doing their purchases in segments (one with vouchers and one with cash or check), I would presume there's some system put in place to make sure only certain products are bought with WIC.

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