For the record, the United States’ Food Stamp Program is truly a needed service, particularly in today’s main street economy. But not when it is abused. Truth is, when I look around at all the shenanigans going on in our country today, there are other, more pressing concerns out there than FOOD STAMPS. Like many of you, when I first looked at this grocery receipt, my first response was outrage, followed by the hope that the food store in question had been held responsible for selling such items to a Food Stamp recipient and had been prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Unfortunately — in all fairness to the store, and after doing a little research — luxury food items are not excluded from legal food-stamp purchases! The following is an excerpt from a quote in a USDA Food and Nutrition Service article:
“Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes are also food items and are therefore eligible items…
Since the current definition of food is a specific part of the Act, any change to this definition would require action by a member of Congress. Several times in the history of SNAP, Congress had considered placing limits on the types of food that could be purchased with program benefits. However, they concluded that designating foods as luxury or non-nutritious would be administratively costly and burdensome.”
The “designating foods as luxury or non-nutritious would be administratively costly and burdensome” part is more than a little bit irksome.
Like I said, there are other, more pressing concerns out there than FOOD STAMPS. (Heaven forbid if yet another action item was placed on Congress’s to-do list!)