S U Z I E 3 kids; Venezuela 18566 posts
9th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" But there is a difference. Apples are healthy. They are beneficial. They provide nutrition. What do ... [snip!] ... food stamps? You know, it's still a beverage. Why should it matter if someone want to buy water or vodka with their foodstamps?"</blockquote>




No, I don't think alcohol should be covered.... Just food, and whether its good for you are not all still food...

Mrs.Sherwood ☮ 31 Weeks Due January 12 (girl); Mesa, AZ, United States 4399 posts
status 9th Mar '13
Quoting S U Z I E:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" But there is a difference. Apples are healthy. ... [snip!] ... No, I don't think alcohol should be covered.... Just food, and whether its good for you are not all still food..."


Then that is hypocritical. Do you buy beverages on your food stamps? What is the difference between purchasing juice or milk and purchasing alcohol? They are both beverages, correct? Alcohol has no nutritional value, it is a luxury item, thus it is not allowed to be purchased with food stamps. Junk items such as doughnuts and ice cream also offer no nutritional value. Once again, the food stamps program is based on need, not want. Doughnuts, soda, and ice cream are not a need, they are a want. If you want something you work for it, just ike the rest of the population.

S U Z I E 3 kids; Venezuela 18566 posts
9th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" Then that is hypocritical. Do you buy beverages on your food stamps? What is the difference between ... [snip!] ... and ice cream are not a need, they are a want. If you want something you work for it, just ike the rest of the population."</blockquote>




It isn't even legal for kids to drink so that's really not even a relevant statement...

Mrs.Sherwood ☮ 31 Weeks Due January 12 (girl); Mesa, AZ, United States 4399 posts
status 9th Mar '13
Quoting S U Z I E:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" Then that is hypocritical. Do you buy beverages ... [snip!] ... the population."</blockquote> It isn't even legal for kids to drink so that's really not even a relevant statement..."


So you don't eat any of the things purchased with your food stamps? Food stamps aren't just for children.

S U Z I E 3 kids; Venezuela 18566 posts
9th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" So you don't eat any of the things purchased with your food stamps? Food stamps aren't just for children."</blockquote>




When I qualifies for them, of course I are what we bought. I just want my kids to be happy though. If they want donuts, im not gonna say , no we can't afford that, im gonna do whatever I can to make my kids feel like they are just like everyone else...

Mrs.Sherwood ☮ 31 Weeks Due January 12 (girl); Mesa, AZ, United States 4399 posts
status 9th Mar '13
Quoting S U Z I E:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" So you don't eat any of the things purchased ... [snip!] ... gonna say , no we can't afford that, im gonna do whatever I can to make my kids feel like they are just like everyone else..."


Your kids aren't going to feel like they "aren't like everyone else" because they can't have doughnuts. That's ridiculous. Children need love, a home, and nutritious food. They don't NEED junk food and they certainly aren't going to be bullied because they can't have junk food.

☆º×ß¡±©µ×º☆ 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Grand Forks, ND, United States 45928 posts
10th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" First of all, food stamps are not yours. They belong to the government. Food stamps are not a right, ... [snip!] ... point of food stamps, to finance your cravings and desires. If you want those things, you work and provide them for yourself."</blockquote>




I'm a tax payer ill spend my food stamps however I please

Mrs.Sherwood ☮ 31 Weeks Due January 12 (girl); Mesa, AZ, United States 4399 posts
status 10th Mar '13
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Mama♥Breezy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Los Angeles, California 34988 posts
10th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" Do you have any idea how much you contribute to the food stamps program? Pennies per paycheck. You couldn't ... [snip!] ... you are under the poverty level and NEED the food. Not because you're under the poverty level and need fruit roll-ups and soda."</blockquote>




Get out of here with that "I pay more than you" crap. You may contribute more, but it's not an outrageous amount. And certainly not enough to get uppity about. The day you take an entire year's salary, drop it off at the social services office and tell them, "Here, put all of this toward the foodstamp program" is the day you can act like the program depends on you. Contributing more of your taxes towards a government funded program, does not make your opinion more valid than that of someone who contributes less.

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49151 posts
10th Mar '13
Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:" So you don't eat any of the things purchased with your food stamps? Food stamps aren't just for children."


no but u get more for the kids the an adult

Mrs.Sherwood ☮ 31 Weeks Due January 12 (girl); Mesa, AZ, United States 4399 posts
status 10th Mar '13
Quoting Mama♥Breezy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" Do you have any idea how much you contribute ... [snip!] ... taxes towards a government funded program, does not make your opinion more valid than that of someone who contributes less."


I never said the program "depended on me". I said I contributed more (which is true), and that I don't utilize food stamps (which is also true). You have no idea how much we make, how much we give to charities, what organizations we volunteer for, or how much we donate to low-income families. I have stated numerous times that I think the Food Stamp program is great for families who truly need it.
The point is, how much you contribute in taxes is irrelevant to whether on not you should be able to purchase junk that has no nutritional value for families. I posed the question - "I contribute more to the food stamps program, does that mean I should be entitled to food stamps as well, even though DH makes far too much for us to qualify?" I never said her opinion mattered less because she contributed less :? I was simply stating that how much you contribute in taxes has no bearing on whether or not you should be able to purchase "whatever you want" with Food Stamps.
The WIC program is also funded by taxpayers, why is it that no one has any issues with limitations set by them? The Food Stamp Program is technically known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It was intended to provide low-income families with supplemental nutrition, not junk food.

Mama♥Breezy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Los Angeles, California 34988 posts
10th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" I never said the program "depended on me". I said I contributed more (which is true), and that I don't ... [snip!] ... Nutrition Assistance Program. It was intended to provide low-income families with supplemental nutrition, not junk food."</blockquote>



If it doesn't matter, then it should not have been brought up. The way you wrote it just came off as snobby.

::Nikki:: 1 child; Arkansas 2624 posts
10th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" First of all, food stamps are not yours. They belong to the government. Food stamps are not a right, ... [snip!] ... point of food stamps, to finance your cravings and desires. If you want those things, you work and provide them for yourself."</blockquote>




I am baffled by the fact that people are acting like you are saying that they shouldn't be allowed to purchase junk food AT ALL. I completely agree with you--WIC has the right idea, and food stamps should follow suit. I don't think that sodas,cookies, etc should be purchased through food stamps; if you want that stuff, by all means, pay for it with cash like everyone else. It used to infuriate me when I was a cashier at Walmart when a family would come in with 5 or 6 children and ONLY purchase 20 oz soda, bags of chips, and packages of candy for everyone. $40 on teeth-rotting snacks? So glad the government could help you out in your time of "need". The biggest problem with so many on government assistance is that they quit viewing it as a privilege and start seeing it as a right....people need to start appreciating what they have instead of expecting more. Government assistance is a great idea, but it is abused by way too many. If you take a family that is just above the income level to qualify for government assistance and compare it to a family that DOES qualify, most times the family with assistance is actually making out better financially in the end. By the time you consider the cost of having a baby (one family has to pay monthly insurance premiums, meet their deductible, then still cover the co-pay...but the government provides all prenatal and postpartum care through Medicaid for the other family) then one family has to pay the same premiums, co-pays, etc for the baby while the other family uses Medicaid. One mother has to pay full price for BC but the other gets it for free through medicaid. One family has to pay full costs for daycare, while the other gets income-based child care costs. One family has to buy formula and/or a breast pump while the other gets WIC and a free breast pump. One family pays full rent while the other is eligible for HUD....then you factor in food stamps. What started as a program designed to temporarily assist those having a difficult time has turned in to a permanent form of support. I see NOTHING wrong with cutting junk food out of food stamps--if it's something you want badly enough, cut costs somewhere else. Just my opinion though. It seems like if you really needed it you would appreciate what you were allowed to buy with it, regardless of how much or how little.

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49151 posts
10th Mar '13
Quoting ::Nikki:::" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" First of all, food stamps are not yours. ... [snip!] ... like if you really needed it you would appreciate what you were allowed to buy with it, regardless of how much or how little."


HUD u have to work and pay for section 8 you do not but it has a waiting list. Here the day care help has a waiting list as well, also most babies are not given funds in less u have a older child sucks its like saying hey go make another child. Also to get day care help u have to be working a min of 20 hrs or be in full school time both parents do..... So its kinda hard to get a job with out child care. KWIM?

☆º×ß¡±©µ×º☆ 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Grand Forks, ND, United States 45928 posts
10th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Sherwood:</b>" Do you have any idea how much you contribute to the food stamps program? Pennies per paycheck. You couldn't ... [snip!] ... you are under the poverty level and NEED the food. Not because you're under the poverty level and need fruit roll-ups and soda."</blockquote>




I don't need those things your right but its nice to be able to spoil my kids with a treat . I'm glad you feel so entitled to throw how much more you make in my face.