Sunday, March 27, 2011

This Mom Has a Question or Two.....

OK~ Sunday has come and gone....And I'm perplexed. How is it in the state of Iowa, that a young girl, maybe 10 years old, can purchase a dozen donuts with a food stamp card? Garrett and I witnessed this today. What is up with that? I'm assuming that if she's denied the use of the card, we are letting her go hungry.  Food stamps have their place, but this just leaves this Mom shaking her head. So much for the Healthy Kids Act.....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

4 comments:

  1. I think it's really a very difficult situation - we can't patrol the choices people make. If you saw a mom buying organic foods, or fresh tuna steaks, or really any high quality food then the same judgment would be leveled against them. I think we all need to come to terms with the fact that a bad situation needs no more judgment of their choices (I do wonder why the 10yr was using the card though...)

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  2. Amanda~ Excellent points! I was totally dismayed that a young girl like that was able to use the card.

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  3. The cashier has the ability to ask for identification for use of the card but I do understand your point about letting the girl go hungry.

    I was a cashier at a major retailer while in college and the first day of the month was a terrible day to work. My issue was that the people using the EBT cards were purchasing steaks and crab legs. It didn't make sense that they were eating better than I was and I was working full-time and trying to better myself. I had so many people confess that they intentionally worked under the table so they could keep their food stamp benefits. One couple in particular admitted being a child-care provider and a brick mason. They were bragging about their new car purchase.

    Anyway, off of my soapbox. I believe we should teach people and charities how to utilize couponing to make the most of their money. You can get most hygiene items free after coupons and sales.

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  4. I should also say the gal behind the register commented to me, "That makes me angry. I get $90 in Food Stamps in one month and I have to spend it on milk, bread, and the necessities!" I commended her for being a smart young lady!

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