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Old 09-06-2011, 11:16 PM  
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Should Fast food Places join the food stamp business?

This seems wrong on so many levels



More restaurants are targeting customers who use food stamps
By Jonathan Ellis and Megan Luther, USA TODAY Updated 11h 50m ago

The number of businesses approved to accept food stamps grew by a third from 2005 to 2010, U.S. Department of Agriculture records show, as vendors from convenience and dollar discount stores to gas stations and pharmacies increasingly joined the growing entitlement program.

Now, restaurants, which typically have not participated in the program, are lobbying for a piece of the action.

Louisville-based Yum! Brands, whose restaurants include Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver's and Pizza Hut, is trying to get restaurants more involved, federal lobbying records show.
STORY: More retailers say yes to food stamps

That's a prospect that anti-hunger advocates welcome, but one that worries some current food stamp vendors and public health advocates.

Federal rules generally prohibit food stamp benefits, which are distributed under the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), from being exchanged for prepared foods. Yet a provision dating to the 1970s allows states to allow restaurants to serve disabled, elderly and homeless people, USDA spokeswoman Jean Daniel said.
Between 2005 and 2010, the number of businesses certified in the SNAP program went from about 156,000 to nearly 209,000, according to USDA data.

There is big money at stake. USDA records show food stamp benefits swelled from $28.5 billion to $64.7billion in that period.

Four states accept restaurants, with Florida the most recent to begin a program.
"It makes perfect sense to expand a program that's working well in California, Arizona and Michigan, enabling the homeless, elderly and disabled to purchase prepared meals with SNAP benefits in a restaurant environment," Yum! spokesman Jonathan Blum said.
The National Restaurant Association supports Yum!, said spokeswoman Katie Laning Niebaum, but the National Association of Convenience Stores does not.

"If the pie's only so big, nobody's going to want to see the pie sliced thinner," said Convenience Stores spokesman Jeff Lenard. "I'm not sure that's in the best interest of public health."

Kelly Brownell, director of Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, says encouraging more fast-food consumption is not good for people's health. "It's preposterous that a company like Yum! Brands would even be considered for inclusion in a program meant for supplemental nutrition."

"They think going hungry is better?" counters Edward Cooney of the Congressional Hunger Center. "I'm solidly behind what Yum! is doing."
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:23 PM   #2
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Stupid.

****ing corporate bullshit.

There should be serious restrictions on food stamps.
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:12 AM   #3
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**** THAT

rice
dry beans
fresh veggies
cheap ass meat like pork and chicken
milk
eggs
flour
veg oil
cereal
baby food
diapers

should be about the ONLY shit available with food stamps or EBT cards

these idiots should also be cut off if they have another kid after they got on the food stamps, fool me once mother****ers
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:50 AM   #4
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**** THAT

rice
dry beans
fresh veggies
cheap ass meat like pork and chicken
milk
eggs
flour
veg oil
cereal
baby food
diapers

should be about the ONLY shit available with food stamps or EBT cards

these idiots should also be cut off if they have another kid after they got on the food stamps, fool me once mother****ers
Need to add coat hangers to the list.
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:55 AM   #5
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:57 AM   #6
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Food stamps are out there so people don't starve.

NOT so people can get a grande meal with nachos...
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:03 AM   #7
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If you were referencing 'No.' to my statement then I'm not sure you understand what I was implying. If you limit food stamps to single child parent(s) you will probably see more abortions.

I'm not sure if a Food Storage type warehouse that was the only place food stamps could be redeemed wouldn't be a more viable option then what we currently have, but the fast food places should definitely not be on the list.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:20 AM   #8
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:40 AM   #9
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How do they show the person is elderly, homeless, or disabled? Does the recipient get some kind of a card or is it just a sight test?

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Old 09-07-2011, 05:57 AM   #10
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:35 AM   #11
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It seems like it's directed at people who might have trouble preparing their own meals. If that's the case I don't have a problem with it. I just don't know how they would enforce that. I don't see what would stop anyone with food stamps from using them at Taco Bell. Is the cashier supposed to argue about whether the person is homeless or not?
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:11 AM   #14
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You should only be able to use food stamps on healthy items.
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You should only be able to use food stamps on healthy items.
That comes after the companies line up to feed at the government trough. New regs for the folks recieving aid, new regs for the companies collecting aid, new government jobs for the monthly jobs report.
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