Food Stamp Recipients to Be Banned from Buying These 6 Food Items
Missouri State Representative Rick Brattin has sponsored a bill to limit what recipients may purchase with their electronic benefit transfer cards. Brattin says this is an issue the state must address sooner rather than later, explaining that he himself would receive $1,000 monthly if his family qualified for the program.
“I couldn’t dream of spending that much money per month,” he explained. “I would have to just go through and just start throwing stuff in the cart.”
Brattin says many families are receiving more money than they need, leading to extravagant and unnecessary purchases. He added, “I have seen people purchasing filet mignons and crab legs with their EBT cards. When I can’t afford it on my pay, I don’t want people on the taxpayer’s dime to afford those kinds of foods either.”
The bill would prevent EBT funds from being spent on:
- Soft Drinks
- Energy Drinks
Under his proposal, food stamp recipients would be barred from purchasing certain snack foods and soft drinks among other items. Though the bill also bans the purchase of seafood and steak with an EBT card, Brattin has since clarified he wants to allow certain more affordable and nutritious offerings from these two categories.