Better put that steak and lobster back!
Missouri lawmakers are on a new quest to further demoralize and degrade citizens who rely on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). State Representative Rick Brattin has introduced a bill that would, among other things, prevent food stamps from being used to purchase fish and steak. From House Bill 813:
A recipient of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits shall not use such benefits to purchase cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood, or steak.
More from the Riverfront Times:
"There's a long history of trying to dictate what somebody should be buying on food stamps. The program itself has been really stigmatized," says Washington University professor Mark Rank, who authored Living on the Edge: The Realities of Welfare in America.
"There have been a lot of studies on fraud, when there were actually people buying, trading and selling their EBT cards, but it was a very small percentage of the overall population," he says. "But fish is good for you -- why should that be prohibited?"
Good question. Why would healthy foods be prohibited? Perhaps because state Rep. Brattin has images of welfare queens
sitting around and dining on steak and lobster? Maybe state Rep. Brattin should take the Welfare Food Challenge
and find out for himself just how hard it is to prepare healthy meals on a food stamp budget.