You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
I agree that food stamp abuse not as wide spread as Fox News would have you believe and that it the amount of aid in most cases should be increased. However, as a cashier at a major retailer I have had multiple people try to withdraw cash from their EBT for cigarettes in most cases but also for other non food items. Also, I have had customers that buy items with the EBT card and sell them for cash so they can use the money for other purposes. Numerous EBT users are also pack a day or more smokers and some are drug users. I think Fox News is ridiculous but I also don’t think we should forget that this system is flawed and needs to be reformed. We also need to focus on the companies like Walmart, Walgreens, Target etc. that are paying their employees minimum wage and then forcing them to rely on public assistance to fill in the gaps. My coworker is paid very little above minimum wage and recieves only $15 a month in food assistance. Also, these jobs many cases do not give the worker a full 40 hours and the bosses discourage workers from getting additional employment. For example, the worker discussed before got a second job but had her hours cut in half of doing so. She ended up quitting the second job to keep her hours our place of employment. This worker also has a pack a day habit. If the government could force the tobacco companies to pay for the products to quit then my low income pal would love to quit. Right now she cannot afford to and has not been able to quit on her own. Also, instead of getting rid of food stamps for over indulgers in alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes the government should offer services to help the people get off of this items without placing the cost at their feet. We should teach and assist rather than punish. Just my two cents.