I think we all realize that there’s some need for a social safety net to exist – and those who abuse it make it worse for those who actually do fall on hard times and need it. When the government spent over $1 trillion on welfare last year, wouldn’t you like to know if the taxpayer is getting their money’s worth?
“Food stamps” are the program often used interchangeably with “welfare,” and account for roughly $70 billion a year in spending. And what’s that money being spent on? Nothing that would give the impression that most recipients are starving.
Soft drinks were the top commodity bought by food stamp recipients shopping at outlets run by a single U.S. grocery retailer.
That is according to a new study released by the Food and Nutrition Service, the federal agency responsible for running the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as the food stamp program.
By contrast, milk was the top commodity bought from the same retailer by customers not on food stamps.
The dollar amount that food stamp recipients spent on soft drinks and other commodities comes from data a retailer provided to a data analysis company the federal government hired to find out what kind of foods people on foods stamps—and Americans not on foods stamps—were buying.
H/T CNS News
How lovely! I’m oh so glad that Coca-Cola and Pepsi are the primary beneficiaries of the tax dollars I pay into our nation’s food stamps program. We already have restrictions in place to prevent food stamps from being spent on tobacco and alcohol – why not restrict them to essential items? It’s our money after all.
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