Why are food stamp cards not monitored

Abusing the system

Several times when I have been in the grocery store, I have witnessed women paying for 20 buy one get one free snickers bars, doritos, potato chips, cookies and no healthy food.

Why are these items even allowed to be purchased with food stamps? You can't buy a roll of toilet paper with food stamps, which is a necessity, but you can fill your cart full of junk food and it's allowed.

This behavior not only makes me angry, but makes me wonder how any woman or man can proudly walk into a grocery store, fill their carts with junk and pay for it with a food stamp card like its their hard earned cash.

I resent the fact that my tax dollars are paying for these items and then they go beg to churches halfway through the month that they have no food in their houses to feed their hungry children.

The government knows everything about you. Where you work, your social security number, where you live, but they can't monitor what is bought on a card that is being paid for with mine and your money.

It is time to stand up and tell law makers that this behavior is unacceptable and that junk food should not be allowed to be bought with tax payers money while children are going hungry.

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Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

OK, I see your point. I don't even spend money on something like fingernails, that's something I never really understood. If this parent can afford designer clothes, salon done hair, and all that, her family deserves better food than Snicker's bars.

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Author Cheryl 4 years ago Author

Jean I can understand people buying cheaper food but King size Snickers are not cheap and the amount of money she spent on 20 she could have bought a whole meal or two for her family. Should kids be made to eat Snickers for breakfast when she could have bought a dollar box of cereal and milk. I could easily feed a family of four good quality food on 300 dollars of month. I don't consider candy bars a good choice when there are stores here such as save alot that are cheap and you can eat well and Snickers bars and potato chips are not going to keep you full. I think you are misunderstanding here. These people are not hungry especially if they have name brand clothes on, nails and hair done. They just get food stamps because they can and then go out and buy junk with it.

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Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

I really don't think anyone ever wants to be in a situation where they need food stamps. I helped run local food banks, and in this economy, see many people going hungry. There are many generous people who donate to food banks, which usually are run by churches or community organizations. I have worked with the borough nurse in my own town, and even though I donate all I can, it probably only will feed a family of 4 for maybe two days. People give awful and poorly thought out things to food banks too. Once I got a can of Glade Air Freshener. Who can eat that? I understand your frustration with people using the stamps for junk food, but if you are hungry, you are going to reach for the cheapest and most high calorie foods you see. Organic and good, healthy foods are expensive, and junk foods are cheap. It's sad, but true.

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Author Cheryl 4 years ago Author

It just really makes me mad to see women buy junk food instead of quality healthy food. I cant even afford 20 snickers bars so why should some welfare person be able too.

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Hearts and Lattes 4 years ago

I completely agree.

They can totally come up with a system to monitor this. There is a debit card system for people who want to use pre-tax money out of their paychecks for medical products or services (like a doctor's visits, eye contacts, or Band-Aids), and all of these items and services have a special code attached to them. Without that specific code, a person can't buy the item.

What they would need to do is create this coding system on a more in-depth scale to separate candy, chips, soda, etc. from things like produce and meat.

Somehow I think it already exists but hasn't been implemented on a large scale for the cards.

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Author Cheryl 4 years ago Author

No there is no monitoring. Only food can be bought with the card and what they are paying in cash are things like toilet paper and other none food items.

Rosalee Abhau 4 years ago

I thought there was some type of monitoring. As I have seen it in the groceries stores, only so much can be charged to the card and remaining in cash. Unless I am confused, but it didn't appear to have anything to do with the card balance.

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Author Cheryl 4 years ago Author

Well in answer to that the WIC program totally tells them what they can buy with their WIC checks so yes it can be done. I think 20 candy bars would not be considered healthy food. Who is going to look over it? The same people we pay everyday that don't do their jobs now. Congress. :)

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kaiyan717 4 years ago from West Virginia

Sounds good in theory but who is going to look over these things, who decides what is decent and what is not. Many people would say GMO foods, frozen foods, carbonated beverages, sugar in general, high fructose corn syrup, etc etc, the problem is that where does it end and who decides. I think there have been a few states that talked about doing this, but it is not that simple.

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