I was reading through articles on Huffington Post and one in particular really ticked me off. It was spreading the discovery that frappucinos could be purchased with a state food stamp card. This discovery was made by Fox 12 News in Oregon, who initiated the investigation.
What misuse of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is what the food stamp program is known as now. It’s bad enough that you can purchase crap foods like soda and candy with this money but now Starbucks?!? Apparently it only works on shops within grocery stores due to their licensee agreements. And since you can’t purchase hot food items with a SNAP card, the drink or food item must be cold. Yes thats right, you can buy one of their lovely (overpriced and sugary) baked goods with your frappucino.
I just don’t get it. If you are making so little that you qualify for this program, then you are in one of the most “at risk” groups for obesity and so are your children. So why are we allowing the group of people who need good quality food the most to waste the tax dollars given to them on Starbucks and candy? And then these people want to complain that healthy food is too expensive, it’s cheaper to buy chips and soda. STOP WASTING MONEY ON CHIPS AND SODA AND YOU COULD AFFORD GOOD FOOD! Check this math out. If a family of four goes to a fast food restaurant and orders only items off of the dollar menu, lets say a drink, fries, and burger for each person, thats $12 plus tax. If you do that five nights a week thats $60 a week on fast food. Don’t buy the fast food and use that $60 to buy whole foods, mostly in bulk, and you can have five meals (maybe even seven depending on sales) that are actually nutritious and good for you. I personally have been on the SNAP program and was able to feed my family good nutritious meals with the money allotted to us. Heck, I was even able to buy organic on the “dirty dozen”-the produce items most contaminated with pesticides. Did it take more work on my part? Yes! But was it worth it to know that my family would be exponentially better off for it? Heck Yes!
People need to get back to the basics. Learn how to cook from scratch again. Stop relying so much on convenience foods. The art of setting a budget, planning menus, and strategically grocery shopping should be a required course in schools. Everyone needs to eat so everyone should have to take it. Just randomly kicking around ideas here.
Whats your reaction to frappucinos for food stamps or other flaws in our country’s SNAP program?