Food Stamps and Beef Jerky

Food Stamps and Beef Jerky

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Just the Facts

Ellijay, GA

#1 Jun 15, 2011
I was behind a lady in line at the store, I notice the bags of 4.00 beef jerky because I like the stuff but will not spend the money on it. Anyway, she paid with a EBT card. What ever happen to buying real food with food stamps. My son say a young man buy 16.00 in Red Bull (energy drinks) with EBT card. I know some people really need the help, but this is just tooooo much. I know a older lady who only get 17.00 per month, can't get much jerky with that amount. Any thoughts?
Care Giver

United States

#2 Jun 15, 2011
I take care of ppl for a living, and I do have a client that has an EBT card that I have used to buy beef jerky and other snacks.....I don't judge what my clients buy with their cards bc I feel like as long as they r eating something then that's better than nothing. I don't necessarily Agee with the Red Bull but that would have to fall under govt regulation of what can be bought.
Terry Daniel

Ellijay, GA

#3 Jun 15, 2011
Just the Facts wrote:
I was behind a lady in line at the store, I notice the bags of 4.00 beef jerky because I like the stuff but will not spend the money on it. Anyway, she paid with a EBT card. What ever happen to buying real food with food stamps. My son say a young man buy 16.00 in Red Bull (energy drinks) with EBT card. I know some people really need the help, but this is just tooooo much. I know a older lady who only get 17.00 per month, can't get much jerky with that amount. Any thoughts?
I share your concern. I was behind a young mother recently at Food lion. Her entire cart contained junk food such as soft drinks, colored, sugared cereal, chips and dips, cookies and only two items that I saw that were real food.....a gallon of milk and a large block of cheese. Nothing in the cart required even heating, much less cooking. I think it was better when people in need were given a box of surplus food: dehydrated milk and eggs, cheese, peanut butter, flour and cornmeal, shortening, oatmeal, Spam, dried beans, noodles, etc. It is our duty as human beings to see to it that people in need do not starve.....it is not our duty to provide them with treats that we cannot afford ourselves.
Just the Facts

Ellijay, GA

#4 Jun 15, 2011
Terry Daniel wrote:
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I think it was better when people in need were given a box of surplus food: dehydrated milk and eggs, cheese, peanut butter, flour and cornmeal, shortening, oatmeal, Spam, dried beans, noodles, etc. It is our duty as human beings to see to it that people in need do not starve.....it is not our duty to provide them with treats that we cannot afford ourselves.
will it ever be possible to get back to the surplus food, or will it soon be possible to use EBT cards at fast food joints?
Peggy

Ellijay, GA

#5 Jun 15, 2011
Terry Daniel, I completely agree with you. I think Food Stamps should be treated just like you said. No junk allowed, but you can always make your own snack food. I do.:)

Care Giver

United States

#6 Jun 15, 2011
I don't think surplus is the answer, but I think it should be more like WIC, where u can only purchase healthy foods and not junk, for the younger crowd who have kids to provide for!! But the ppl I care for have done more than paid their dues in life and most get less the $80 month EBT so I don't think that we should fault them for the RC colas, moon pies, & beef jerky they have eaten their whole lives.
Sonny Watkins

Jasper, GA

#7 Jun 15, 2011
Let em eat Cake !
Care Giver

Ellijay, GA

#8 Jun 15, 2011
It's funny that u say that, w/ the history behind it!!!
john rambo

Arlington, TX

#9 Jun 15, 2011
Idea mind your on business
Get Too

Talking Rock, GA

#10 Jun 15, 2011
You are wrong Care Giver. Green beans in the summer and pinto beans in the winter. Corn bread goes with both.As far as dues, most of the people I see skirting the system are people that have done so all their life and don't deserve a free ride on the one's that have. You stand in line at any grocery store or Walmart and check out the one's using food stamps.I would like to know who is responsible for issuing these. I don't think some of the people are even citizens but I know it would make your President happy and proud with such a socialistic sight.A chicken in every pot or should I say jerky in every shirt pocket.
Get Too

Talking Rock, GA

#11 Jun 15, 2011
I also think Mr Sonny Watkins is wrong. A lot of them that I see using food stamps are obese and are riding those little scooters around. Some I see are way past being obese and down right blubbery fat. Cake is not good for these people and can only lead to hospital expenses for the goverment or inflated charges for people who do pay. I say eat pinto beans.
Bessie Mae

Ellijay, GA

#12 Jun 15, 2011
I grew up eating soup beans and cornbread along with potato soup (winter) or green beans and corn bread (summer) In the summer, we also had; okra, tomatoes, potatoes and squash, that we grew ourselves. My grandmaw who lived with us canned everything that wasn't nailed down. We thought we were living high on the hog when we had hamburgers on Friday nights. My daddy was the town drunk here in Ellijay, but he did have his self respect ;) and would never accept Food Stamps.
The govt. allows seeds to be sold to FS recipients, I would love to see more people gardening. The fact that you see people buying Beef Jerky and other junk speaks volumes about the whole program, imho.
Get Too

Talking Rock, GA

#13 Jun 15, 2011
I couldn't agree with you more Ms Bessie Mae.As I said beans was our main diet and we're better for it.Now it fast food and food stamps for these people and I'm afraid they don't know anything else.When I lived in South Georgia I watched the welfare office openly and aggressively go out in the neighborhoods and recruit recipients for food stamps and welfare.Most of the people that work in the neighborhoods from the state welfare office were college graduates building up their jobs and justifying their paychecks. Giving the money away didn't cost them anything and they sure made a lot of friends.That was in the 70's and you can see it has mushroomed like rabbits.Mr Sonny Watkins must be a descendant of Annis Watkins and that explains him.
Care Giver

Ellijay, GA

#14 Jun 16, 2011
I take care of elderly ppl, & most don't have the luxury of gardens or are to old and disabled to tend one!! I was just saying not everyone on foodstamps is leeching or abusing the system, & my ppl like snacks but those SNACKS r not their only food, they eat plenty of the corn bread & beans. I completely agree that the system is overloaded with lazy ppl that r just to sorry to get off their (sometimes fat) butts to work!!
Terry Daniel

Ellijay, GA

#15 Jun 16, 2011
Care Giver wrote:
I take care of elderly ppl, & most don't have the luxury of gardens or are to old and disabled to tend one!! I was just saying not everyone on foodstamps is leeching or abusing the system, & my ppl like snacks but those SNACKS r not their only food, they eat plenty of the corn bread & beans. I completely agree that the system is overloaded with lazy ppl that r just to sorry to get off their (sometimes fat) butts to work!!
Caregiver, I agree with you that there are some people who, due to physical problems or age, cannot work and they are entitled to help from the rest of us. On the other hand, I have seen people walking around the stores talking on the latest Ipod or Ipad or whatever it is called and they have obese kids that get whatever they want instead of foods that are healthy for them. The kids are out of control because they are so sugared up.(My daughter worked for Defacs before moving to Alaska where she now works in Food Stamps.) Most of these people have never had any discipline in their lives and they are raising another generation of deadbeats. The solution will have to come from the governor. He can order some changes to be made and he should. We are not doing these kids favors by allowing their parents to raise them on sweetened cereal and cookies and chips and dips.
Care Giver

United States

#16 Jun 16, 2011
I agree 100% w/ u Terry!!!
jsmith

Ellijay, GA

#17 Jun 16, 2011
Instead of sitting and passing judgment on the bad habits and behaviors of others while don't you do something to make the situation better.
Start a community garden, offer classes on how to manage a budget, how to prepare heathly foods on a budget, etc. Many people don't realize that their is a different or better way to eat or manage their funds because they are following the example they grew up with.
While there will ALWAYS be those that are willing to take advantage of the system doesn't that mean we should judge and punish everyone because of a few bad apples.
To make lasting change we must educate and advocate not judge.
Bessie Mae

Ellijay, GA

#18 Jun 16, 2011
jsmith, I respectfully disagree. When it's our tax dollars funding food stamps, I think we do have a right to judge the program. Some people want to change their spending habits and diets and lifestyles, but most don't, from what I can tell.
Terry Daniel

Ellijay, GA

#19 Jun 16, 2011
jsmith wrote:
Instead of sitting and passing judgment on the bad habits and behaviors of others while don't you do something to make the situation better.
Start a community garden, offer classes on how to manage a budget, how to prepare heathly foods on a budget, etc. Many people don't realize that their is a different or better way to eat or manage their funds because they are following the example they grew up with.
While there will ALWAYS be those that are willing to take advantage of the system doesn't that mean we should judge and punish everyone because of a few bad apples.
To make lasting change we must educate and advocate not judge.
JSmith, are you familiar with the food plot near Murphy, NC? As I understand it the county plows and plants a field for those in need but they do not pick it....those who want or need the food must pick it. They don't have to hoe it, fertilize it, or spray for insects....just pick. Is something like that what you have in mind?
just the facts

Ellijay, GA

#20 Jun 16, 2011
Start a community garden, offer classes on how to manage a budget, how to prepare heathly foods on a budget, etc. Many people don't realize that their is a different or better way to eat or manage their funds because they are following the example they grew up with.

Classes are offered for free on nutrition know how and money smarts, call Renee Dotson. The classes are about 3 hours long. And you will receive a certificate. Hope more people will sign up.

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