Listen Up Gov. Rick Scott: On Food Stamps? No Fast Food For You!

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​I don't think everyone on public assistance is a lazy bum, but I'm happy about the welfare drug-testing bill (the only move Rick Scott has made that I approve of). More importantly, I don't think food stamps should be used to buy fast food.

So far, California, Michigan, and Arizona allow the purchase of fast food with food stamps. You can drive up to the McDonald's drive-through window in these three states and purchase a Big Mac value meal with your EBT card. And now, Kentucky is close to following suit.

Yum! Brands, the company that owns Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell, is lobbying the state government to follow in the footsteps of the other three morons -- California, Arizona, and Michigan. The fact that even one of our 50 states allows this is freaking preposterous. How the hell are we going to allow economically disadvantaged people to use their food stamps to purchase fast food?

Not only is this a glaring example of some corporation's heinous greed at the cost of what's better for the American people, but it would be pushing the poorer citizens of this country towards obesity and diabetes (even more so). The majority of these people, I'm willing to bet, don't have health care. If this is allowed, we would be encouraging financially strapped people without health care to eat high calorie, high fat, overly packaged goods.

Proponents argue that this move would enable homeless people to purchase hot, ready-to-eat meals. Mind you, in most supermarkets you can purchase hot, ready-to-eat meals that are more healthful. It is true that some states do not allow these meals to be purchased with food stamps. Well, guess what? That should be remedied. Let the homeless people waste money this way. Not on fast food.

And in cities or neighborhoods that don't have hot, ready to eat meals available in supermarkets? There are still cold cuts, bread, salads, fruits, cereal, and many other foods available. Let them eat cold.

Also, if homeless people are depending on fast food for their meals, how long do you think it will take for them to develop diabetes or high blood pressure? These are health conditions that need to be maintained on a daily basis. How easy do you think it is going to be for a homeless person to keep his or her insulin refrigerated?

If providing hot meals to the homeless is such a big concern for the proponents of this change, how about opening soup kitchen-style cafeterias all over town, which provide meals in exchange for food stamps? That way instead of subsidizing billion dollar corporations, the government subsidizes non-profits.

Or maybe the government should provide tax breaks to supermarkets willing to open in the so-called "food deserts," neighborhoods which have no supermarkets, effectively forcing residents to buy food at convenience stores and gas stations.

There are solutions for those willing to look for them. And allowing Americans to purchase heart attack happy meals with their food stamps is not one of them.

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Michael Spears
Michael Spears

um just so you know in order to go to a fast food place and buy something you have to have a special reason to be on the hot meals program this is not a normal ebt thing its only for people who can not prepare there food like homeless or elderly at lest in California

Emmett Gulley
Emmett Gulley

Florida has already APPROVED this plan for food stamps to be used in the Yum fast food chains. The only problem is what stores take them and what is the process??? whether it's hot food or cold food, ALL food items should be allowed to be purchased on the EBT card.

BTW, if you want to argue this point, why are SS receipients allowed to put their checks on the EBT card to go gambling????

Ana
Ana

I agree 100% we should had a place for the Homeless to go and Eat healthy using the food stamps. 

aj
aj

This isn't coming from a place of concern. This is only to insure that ebt moneygoes to other selected sources. WAKE UP! 

Bruja4ever
Bruja4ever

All though I agree with about 75% of this article, I have a serious problem when the "state" tells me to eat "healthy".  I do agree and understand that certain restrictions are necessary when giving out food stamps, i.e. not allowing to buy booze, smokes, etc., but this idea that fast food is killing America is due to the fact that America CHOOSES to do the drive thru.  NO ONE puts a gun to anyone's head and makes them go to the drive thru and ge a Big Mac.  You can pick a salad instead of a Big Mac, you can skip the fries, you can have water instead of soda, etc. Although it would be ideal to make healthier choices all around by everyone, it comes down to free will and right choices.  I do know persons on food stamps, that make the healthiest possible choice for their families week after week.   

Emmett Gulley
Emmett Gulley

when it comes to food, NOBODY should tell us what we can and can't eat. we choose our ownselves what to eat and if i want taco bell on my EBT card then so be it, Mind your own business.

Guest
Guest

I'm happy that we are the state of fools!

Foodie # 1
Foodie # 1

Governor Scott's idea to make welfare recipients be drug tested is one of the best I have seen from any politician. This would give a chance to those addicted to drugs to try to get off the habit if they want to regain their welfare benefits. This law is going to be very beneficial. I like your suggestions, too. Presently, a person cannot buy hot food in supermarkets. I also like your soup kitchen idea. The fast food is debatable. They have those $1 days at Mcdonald's, Burger King, etc., that once in a while are ok. These places also have healthy choices, and if people on food stamps can purchase "unhealthy" choices at supermarkets, it would be hyppocritical to deny one but approve the other. I do hope Governor Scott listens to your excellent suggestion about the soup kitchens.     

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Hi Foodie #1,

Even though fast food restaurants have dollar menus, which provides affordable hot meals, it is debatable whether or not those items actually count as "food." The main problem in this scenario is that low-income people will be encouraged to eat unhealthy, illness-producing garbage while our government lines the pockets of already-fat-cat corporations. 

You do have a valid point when stating that people can purchase unhealthy food at supermarkets as well, but I am hard pressed to think of any supermarket item that is as unhealthy as McDonald's sandwiches and french fries. Also, people would have more of chance to purchase healthy(er) items at a supermarket than at fast food joints, where ALL the food is unhealthy. 

In fact, fast food restaurants even find a way to make salad unhealthy. While the salads are slightly better than a double cheeseburger and fries, they are still loaded with sodium, calories, and sugar. 

Emmett Gulley
Emmett Gulley

please, stop this. whether it's HOT or COLD, it's STILL food. This restriction on buying hot food is ridiculous. Soda, Candy, and even taco bell meals are STILL FOOD ITEMS. soda contains sugar, which is allowed, candy contains sugar, which is allowed so why can't hot food be purchased on the EBT?? you people make me sick.

Christina Berg
Christina Berg

What is the big deal if welfare recipients use drugs that is beside the point, ron paul.

Jose D. Duran
Jose D. Duran

Healthy choices? Are talking about McDonald's here? Tell me you're joking.

Christina Berg
Christina Berg

I sort of agree that it is quite sinister of yum brands since most of the food that is sold is unhealthy even though healthy options exist

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