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.
Re blogging for commentary mostly. How are people so ignorant? The ONLY thing you can buy w food stamps is fucking FOOD.
The fact that these “reporters” seem so offended that those who are bad off enough needing to rely on food stamps dare to try and enjoy life..
A pet to combat depression, Disneyland to give the kids a glimmer of hope, Vegas in an attempt to escape the low end rung of poverty. Condemning the poor for doing all the things these well-paid job holders can do without going hungry.
Oh no. Big bad poor folk. They can’t ever be happy.
"I have a good mnemonic to remember what you can buy with food stamps- FOOD."
And the thing about soda and chicken legs (presumably fried) is SO disingenuous. There are these things called “food deserts”, which is basically when getting to a place with healthy food is difficult because while convenience stores are everywhere, grocery stores that carry quality food tend to be fewer and farther away. Which means you would then need a car or public transportation.
In addition to that, most of the food that’s widely available is super unhealthy. But it is cheap. In some places, Mountain Dew is cheaper than bottled water. Two big bags of chips is less expensive than a pound of broccoli.
The more healthy a food or vegetable is, the more expensive it is. And the better quality it is, the more expensive it is. Having a salad is kind of a luxury when lettuce is more expensive than the chicken legs, and probably won’t fill up a family of 4 the way fried chicken would.
Giant chicken wings are probably already pre-cooked, fast food is already cooked for you. People on food stamps are presumably working more than one job and so how are you going to make a home-cooked meal like that for your family? You can’t. You get as much as you can for as little money as possible. And if that means bags of rice and beans, chips, soda, and giant buckets of chicken, then that’s what you get because at least no one’s starving.
One bottled water is sometimes a dollar and fifty cents. You can get giant cans of tea sweetened to hell and back for 99 cents. A one liter bottle of soda is less expensive than one regular sized bottle of water.
Of course you’re getting soda and chicken legs when they come in an 8 piece bucket. Especially if you can get a combo meal and have some sides for a fraction of the price. You can buy an 8 piece bucket of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy for a fraction of the price for all the ingredients to make it yourself and in less than 10 minutes, instead of spending time you don’t have cooking it yourself.
And sometimes people just aren’t good at cooking. It’s all well and good when a middle class housewife who can’t make a casserole to save her life buys a plethora of pre-cooked food, but god forbid someone poor do it.