Politicians Want To Cut Food Stamps From The Hungriest Counties

Each year, the anti-hunger organization, Feeding America, releases it's annual "Meal Gap" report. The report serves as a measurment on food insecurity on a county by county basis. Basically, food insecurity simply means that there is lack of access to enough food for men, women and children in a given area. 

Two Counties, Zavala County, Texas and Humphreys County Mississippi rank the highest in the nation. Representatives Bennie Thompson, and Pete Gallego, both Democrats, and Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan have signaled their interest in cuts to the food stamp program in these two low income counties.

Republicans are pushing really hard for the cuts, and that means if Republicans gain control of the Senate in the mid-term elections this year, food stamps in these two poor countries will definitely be cut. 

The whole thing is sickening, because nowhere are any bright ideas about how to help these people gain access to training for better jobs so they can feed their kids without government assistance.

Read the full story from MSNBC, by clicking the link below:

Politicians from the Hungriest Counties Voted To Cut Food Stamps

Missouri Food Stamps Merchant Caught for Food Stamp Fraud

According to the St. Louis Riverfront Times, a Missouri SNAP Benefits Merchant has been caught red-handedly committing blatant food stamp fraud.

Gravois Discount Smokes, also known as Abes Gavois Discount is a south-side smoke shop that allowed Missouri food stamp recipients to purchase non-eligible items, such as cigarettes, perfume and calling cards with their EBT Cards.

In edition to allowing the non-eligible items, the shop owners allowed people to exchange food stamps for cash. According to the U.S. Attorney, this store's illegal activities has caused loses of over $600,000.

Gravois Discount Smoke's is located at Gravois Avenue and Chippewa Street in the Tower Grove South neighborhood of St. Louis.  I'm sure neighborhood people who used his services will miss this "benefit," as the owner, Ebraheem Maki Naif, faces ten years for his crimes.

Folks, food stamp crime only hurts us all in the end. Good Job to whoever reported this guy and got him caught.

If you would like to read the original story, click the link below:

Gravois Smoke Shop Let Customers Buy Cigarettes, Cologne with Food Stamps

Ban on Soda for Food Stamp Recipients Won't Lower Obesity Rates

Well, here's another theory that is going down in the dust. According to St. Louis KMOX, putting a ban on the sale of sugary drinks purchased with food stamps will not lessen the obesity rates. This info was gleaned from a study done by the Illinois Public Health Institute

The study does confirm what we pretty much already know, soda and other sugary drinks contribute heavily to the obesity rates

 For years people have talked about disallowing people to buy soda, and other unhealthy foods with food stamps, but this study shows that people will simply opt to purchase these drinks with cash in lieu of using their food stamps.

In guess we have become so reliant and dependent on unhealthy crap until it's like a drug, and we will get it any way we can.  I have to say that I still believe it is still a good idea to limit the amount of sugary and fatty crap people can purchase with their SNAP Benefits, perhaps over time it will begin to lessen some of the dependency. In addition, such a measure might make a significant amount of people choose healthier options out of lower access to cash.  Who knows?

If you would like to read the original article, please click the link below:

Report: Banning Soda from Food Stamps Doesn't Help Obesity Rates.


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