Aine Duggan, vice president for research policy and education at Food Bank NYC, talks about how the child nutrition bill wending its way through Congress will impact food stamp benefits.
"Corporations dictate what to eat",so we will never know about local, healthy, even organic and inexpensive alternatives. Yes $130 per person is plenty. Still I am not so sure why cost more money when the movie Super Size Me demonstrated that the budget of 2 schools were almost the same, one with more junk and another with "home made food". Good "independent" eco-nutritionist have the answer but no one wants to listen to us
Someone arranged for a worthwhile proposal like M. Obama's school lunchnutrition changes to be attached to a meanspirited, regressive, counter-stimulatory and inhumane bill like the proposed food stamp cuts.
WHO are they ?
It's time to name and shame, and shed some light on this secretive and ugly side of the legislative process.
It is likely that WHOever did this, cynicallyopposed nutrition reform and was unwilling to stand up in public and go on record for opposing improved nutrition for school children. Instead, they paired it with a cruel bill to reduce an already grossly underfunded basic food supply for the nation's least fortunate.
Let's see WHO the "people" are who created this bill, better still, let's interview them on NPR and find out WHAT they were thinking! (or at least how they try to spin it).
There's always plenty of money in ourcleptocracy for INSTANT bank bailouts,corporate welfare and over 800,000 analyst-bureaucrats with top secret clearance rehashing each other's securityreports (cf. Washington Post series).There's 100s or of millions or billions of dollars for hedge fund managers, golf andother sports stars (and their wives), CEOsand other celebrities to cater to their smallest whims, but somehow when 40 million poor people don't have food, Congress does NOT care. What happened to US ? I guess the poor can'tafford to pay their Congressmen the "donations" needed to be heard. Perhaps we have ceased to be a democracy and are now a corrupt oligarchy - a cleptocracy - with the gross economic inefficiency and human cruelty that comes from that form of governance.
Please shine a light here!
@ Inquisigal from Brooklyn:
Hip hip hooray!!! I oftentimes wonder this very thing be it teen parents or irresponsibile adults, especially when my foot is rolled over by an oversized stroller on a rush hour train...
Absolute wrong timing on this....the children will suffer the consequences.
The categories food stamps can be used for are "breads and cereals; fruits and vegetables; meats, fish, and poultry; and dairy products" (from http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailers/eligible.htm). This does include junk foods & soda but excludes alcoholic drinks & nutritional supplements. A few years ago, farmers markets were added to the places where food stamps can be used, which may have increased the chances that they'll be used to buy healthier foods.
I'm not crazy about the cutting food stamp benefits, but I understand the trade off. If the gov't estimates that half of kids meals are eaten at school, and most food stamp recipients are households with kids, then these households won't need as many food stamps since the schools will do the feeding. Makes sense to me.
My only issue is "food inflation". I don't know what Brian's talking about but I have personally seen food inflation. Food is the most expensive its been in years. There are some items that I've seen increase in price multiple times a year. Food prices have stabilized over the past couple of months, but it can be a financial burden especially if you have multiple mouths to feed.
$110/person per month is PLENTY to eat...even in NY. Ever heard of chinatown or the cart of very riped veggies which goes for as much as 60% off??
the avg family size for those on extended assistance is 3+ children. I dont mind paying taxes to keep children from starving, but people cannot keep bearing so that we bear their burden!
It appears that food is not being taking away from children but ensuring that at least lunch will be fed to a child. Parents should make sure they go to school get a good education and eat well at least lunchtime. Make the fight be the quality of the that lunch and add breakfast.
Why not remove school caffeteria's altogether? That way parents will be forced to feed their own kids. Afterall, making a child's lunch and a healthy one at that isn't that hard and doesn't take too long. No one to blame but themselves.
During a time in which the federal government is deep in debt, this proposal seems like a fair trade-off. Food pantries and churches can make up the deficits in food for needy adults, and the kids are covered. Living in a low-income neighborhood, and watching the irresponsible pregnancies, where 20-somethings have 4 kids and no job, I feel like some tough love needs to happen to get people to think twice before they make babies. Food stamps should be a short/term assistance program and for seniors, not a life-long crutch.
What else could be cut to keep food stamp funding at current levels? Seems to me the most appropriate cuts would be to subsidies for agribusiness. Maybe they could change eligibility requirements to make them reduce the pollution they produce!
When I taught in the South Bronx, after sugared sodas weren't allowed for sale in school vending machines, the assistant principle bought Mountain Dew and sold it to the students at lunch.
food stamps should only be able to be used for certain items at the store. if you've ever lived in the ghetto you see these moronic parents buying poison-soda, potato chips, ice cream for their kids to eat. there is NOT a food desert here; that's a complete myth created by out of touch, guilty liberals.
There are other factors, I make less than $2300 a month, much less and am on disability, but I have a teeny weeny bank account yet enough to disqualify me for EBT card.
YES BRIAN!! Corporations! This is your alternative to NO GOVERNMENT involvement in your life.
Yes you can buy soda and "junk food" with stamps.
I am not saying that we shouldn't meet these needs. We should as a humanity issue. What I am saying is that we should find ways at any point of our economic growth or situation to meet certain social needs to the people.
I am not aware of the amount of money that will be gained from the roll-back, but can't this money be taken from the defense budget?
We have never really met the needs to the lower income individuals even in the time when we recognized our economy as healthy. I don't know that you can use the recovery or strength of recovery as a related issue to meeting these needs.
more blue state taxes going to support failed red state economies
hjs: I think so.
Does the Administration feel that this is the only way to ensure that children are being fed well? the First Lady is correct that most kids eat at school. They are there from 7am-3, sometimes 4pm.
There seeems to be no way to change the habits of the parents.
can one buy soda and junk food with food stamps?
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