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Fast Food Chains Getting Into the Food Stamp Act

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"In an ever-growing number of  states, if you crave a taco or fried chicken from a fast-food restaurant,  you can pay for  it with food stamps.

Food stamps - known more formally as the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -  have been in use for grocery staples, such as bread and milk, since 1934, but now, for the first time,  they can be used for fast food  in four states across the country.

The number of businesses – including convenience and discount stores,  gas stations and pharmacies – that have been  approved to accept  food stamps  has increased by a third over the course of three years from 2005 to 2010, USA Today reports, and fast-food chains are working hard to get a cut of the federal dollars  in  Florida, California, Arizona and Michigan.

 The funds allocated to the food stamp program have increased exponentially, from $28.5 billion to $64.7 billion in that same time frame, according to USA Today, and at a time when people have less money to spend, the bump in federal dollars can mean a lot to the fast-industry.

Yum! Brands, based in Louisville, Ky., which operates a string of restaurants  that includes Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver’s and Pizza Hut, are among those applying for inclusion in the food stamp program, saying that elderly, disabled and homeless people have difficulty preparing meals, ABC affiliate WHAS reported.

Here’s a quick list of fast food restaurants in states that already accept food stamps for restaurant meals:

Michigan:

Church’s Chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken

McDonald’s

Subway

Grandma’s Famous Chicken

Eight Mile Pancake House

Mr. T’s BBQ

Vito’s Pizza

California:

Jack in the Box

Subway

El Pollo Loco

Papa Murphy’s Pizza

Florida

KFC

Taco Bell

Pizza Hut

Papa Murphy’s Pizza

Arizona

Domino’s Pizza

Golden Corral

Southern Cuisine

Rally’s Hamburger"

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2011/09/fast-food-chains-getting-into-the-food-stamp-act/


Well this is, irritating. Im on FS myself and I would never support something like this.

Do you really want a big mac that bad? PAY FOR IT YOURSELF.


This article was written in 2011, but id never heard of this until now :/


Thoughts?

by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM
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ReginaStar
by Gold Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I think it's good for those that are homeless and are unable to prepare their own meals. 

You can already buy cold foods at grocery stores like Kroger/Publix subs. 

emelymac
by Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 6:20 PM
I tend to wonder if they can't or they won't.

Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

But they can't restrict it only to homeless people effectively. Shit, they can't even prevent them from using their EBT cards at titi bars.

Quoting emelymac:

As long as it is restricted to just homeless people then I don't see a problem with it. 


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kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM
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Food stamps are meant to help a person get enough food to last a whole month.   Going to the fast food restaurants will use up all that money within the week if it's every meal.  While I would say "that's what you get" if it was a single person, or a couple with no children, if a person's children go hungry because of this, they are the ones that suffer.  Food stamps should be only for necessities.  I don't believe candy or gum or chips should even be allowed.

SweetPea2004
by Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 6:53 PM

That disgusts me 

TheLadyAmalthea
by Bronze Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I think FS should be for fresh foods or store bought foods only. I see eating out as a privilage, not something that is necessary. 

gsprofval
by Silver Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Just saw one woman who filed a report with the police because her car was broken into; her $400 purse was taken along with a $200 wallet with $800 in it and oh--her foodstamps were also taken.

Hell, I work for a living and can't afford a $400 purse or a $200 wallet, and I certainly don't have $800 cash to carry around, so it really makes me wonder how SOME people on food stamps can afford so many luxeries.

acrogodess
by Silver Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM
Homeless people, elderly who cannot cook any longer and families stuck in tiny studios with no fridge. Yeah, I think it should be an option
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meliscool72
by Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Okay, I understand that there are homeless out and about that are not able to use the luxuries as the rest of us and I understand that (which drives me in between yes and no). First these homeless people can go and grab a sandwich off the shelf of a grocery store and something to drink and a bag of chips, but they also rarely get a hot meal either (which is where it drives me between the two). However, I believe if you are not homeless and you have a working stove/oven then you should go to the grocery store and get your foods. I honestly don't really believe in the fast food chain because I think it is going to be abused BIG TIME now. If they weren't already abused just wait, just wait.

acrogodess
by Silver Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 7:06 PM
You know that was likely rent money, right? Many landlords want cash payments. Just because the purse and wallet were valued at $600 doesn't mean she paid that. I have a $200 Anne Klein purse that was given to me by the Dress for Success program. I would certainly never spend money I don't have on accessories

Quoting gsprofval:

Just saw one woman who filed a report with the police because her car was broken into; her $400 purse was taken along with a $200 wallet with $800 in it and oh--her foodstamps were also taken.


Hell, I work for a living and can't afford a $400 purse or a $200 wallet, and I certainly don't have $800 cash to carry around, so it really makes me wonder how SOME people on food stamps can afford so many luxeries.

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parentalrights1
by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM
I said no, but accept ions should be made for those with no home.

I don't care if people but nothing but junk, but fast food just seems too far
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