commodities or food stamps

commodities or food stamps

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Just Me

Broken Arrow, OK

#1 Aug 7, 2010
I think the food stamp program should be done away with. Go back to giving commodities. Teach people how to cook, and utilize them. The food is the best the government has to offer. If you want a steak dinner, get out and work, and buy you one, with your money not mine.
what

United States

#2 Aug 7, 2010
Some people are disabled and not able to work. I would gladly work if able. But I'm not so yes I get foodstamps and I'm not ashamed of it. Commodities doesn't give u enough for a month. Especially if ur two person family.
Grumpy Ol Lady

Carrollton, KY

#3 Aug 7, 2010
Just Me wrote:
I think the food stamp program should be done away with. Go back to giving commodities. Teach people how to cook, and utilize them. The food is the best the government has to offer. If you want a steak dinner, get out and work, and buy you one, with your money not mine.


I agree with you. When I see a cart loaded with junk food, especially chips, pop, and convenience foods that are all name brand and that will probably be eat within 2 or 3 days I place a bet with myself that it will be paid for with food stamps. And the food stamps won't last the whole month because of the kind of food bought so the family will be at the food handout places before the month is out, even though they had more dollars on that card than I, a worker, can afford to spend during the same month. But I don't buy name brands and convenience foods. I buy generics and sale items. I come home from work and cook. I pack a lunch usualy out of leftovers. I have to budget my pay to make it stretch so my family can eat from paycheck to paycheck. I see no reason why people who can't or won't work should not only eat better but eat more convenient than those of us who are buying there groceries for them.
shazzam

United States

#4 Aug 7, 2010
I wasn't aware that women folk cooked anymore or even knew how.
shizzit

Haskell, OK

#5 Aug 7, 2010
how about the local grocery stores that offer easter baskets with candy on sale with signs May buy with foodstamps....wrong wrong wrong
Little Birdie

Broken Arrow, OK

#6 Aug 7, 2010
I'd be happy with either!!!

“Better days”

Since: Jan 09

Poteau, OK

#7 Aug 8, 2010
How about the farmers in this area getting huge welfare checks from the government? We'd see less 60k pickup trucks at the fat cat morning breakfast if they were forced to spend that welfare money on food.

Since: Jun 10

ADAIR COUNTY

#8 Aug 8, 2010
what wrote:
Some people are disabled and not able to work. I would gladly work if able. But I'm not so yes I get foodstamps and I'm not ashamed of it. Commodities doesn't give u enough for a month. Especially if ur two person family.
Are you really serious? I'm sorry I have to disagree! I have no problem with helping those who truely need the assistance. I know those who receive commodities and they most certainly are not less than what food stamps can put on the table. The problem is most of it isn't simply heat-and-eat junk food. With the exception of fruit, both fresh and canned, you won't find anything sweet. It's not like it was even a few years ago. They offer canned meats as well as frozen meats. What's wrong with the high dollar roasts, whole chickens, and lean ground beef, not to mention I know during holiday periods they give out ham. Fresh vegetables (red potatoes, white potatoes, onions, tomatoes, etc.), canned vegetables, juices in resealable containers, dry milk, 1% Borden milk, peanuts, peanut butter, noodles, mac & cheese, rise, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, pork and beans, Rice Krispies, Corn Chex, Corn Flakes, instant potatoes, oil, light butter, corn meal, flour, cheese... Do I really need to go on? I've seen what one person gets, I can't imagine what 2 or more would receive. Likely more than one has cabinet and fridge space. It's great that you can choose which assistance you would rather use, but I'd be thankful to receive anything, much less just some of the things commodities have. I know I can't buy roasts on a regular basis. you made your choice, great. It works for you. And if you are indeed elderly, ill, or otherwise infirm and unable, perhaps it is better and easier for you to purchase foods that are easier to prepare than have to actually "make" meals. But please... Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining! Fortunately, I've had the "pleasure" of seeing and hearing of all the "goodies" given. And I know there are still those who turn their monthly allotment into their very own grocery store for others. I'm sorry, but on this one I have to say the people are getting "the most bang for your buck" (albeit free) via commodities. Perhaps it's just a matter of your circumstances of which is more beneficial, but one thing is for sure... You are receving a benefit of which a great many people don't have, much less a choice.
Grumpy Ol Lady

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Aug 8, 2010
shazzam wrote:
I wasn't aware that women folk cooked anymore or even knew how.
You are not paying attention.I am a grumpy OLD lady.I even pan fry chicken and peel my own potatoes.
butterfly

Broken Arrow, OK

#10 Aug 8, 2010
Food stamps could be done like WIC. Only certain items are allowed to be purchased, and you should have to show ID. You should not be able to use them in convinence stores either. And as for being disabled, there should be some better guidelines on that too. I know way to many people who are disabled due to their back, but make extra cash on the side cutting wood, can't work because standing is just to hard on them, but they are able to run after kids they babysit on the side to make extra money. You either are or your not.
If you truly need help we should give it. But sitting on a computer complaing about what you get or don't get says to me you don't need it. If you need it bad enough you will find a way to earn it.
Backwoods

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Aug 8, 2010
butterfly wrote:
Food stamps could be done like WIC. Only certain items are allowed to be purchased, and you should have to show ID. You should not be able to use them in convinence stores either. And as for being disabled, there should be some better guidelines on that too. I know way to many people who are disabled due to their back, but make extra cash on the side cutting wood, can't work because standing is just to hard on them, but they are able to run after kids they babysit on the side to make extra money. You either are or your not.
If you truly need help we should give it. But sitting on a computer complaing about what you get or don't get says to me you don't need it. If you need it bad enough you will find a way to earn it.
There are guidelines as to what the food stamps can be used for. But they don't make a difference between food and junk food. It just has to be food.

I agree. Make them only good for milk, eggs, peanut butter, healthy cereals, canned and fresh meats, flour, oil, potatoes, fruits-the same food that is available with commodities. Not only would it save a lot of money, it would hopefully force a little healthier lifestyle. Cooking requres some effort, and maybe if they had to prepare there food first, wed stop seeing so many young 400 pound disabled shoppers riding the little carts around in Walmart! Right now we are literally paying for them to eat themselves sick and then footing the bills for their medical care.

We must know some of the same disabled people.I knew one guy who's back was so bad he couldn't anything remotely resembling work, but he could bow hunt-and get the dead deer out of the woods.
no doubt

Broken Arrow, OK

#12 Aug 8, 2010
i think we should do away with the food stamp program and just give commodities.and have pre packed meals for the elderly and disabled.they need to quit giving away pop candy cookies.ice cream.some people even sell their cards for cash.i say give tehm sack of potatoes canned veggies meat fuit and maybe flour. whole wheat breat brown rice and grains.oh and dont forget the bags of beans.
mike

United States

#13 Aug 9, 2010
why dont we just set a department of food police..and anyone on public assistance would randomly have their house searched by the food gestapo.. and if they have junk food in their house they are dropped from the program. until they they come in and have their stumach pummped tp determine what their diet has been. and on the third offense we can subject them to mandatory. stumach stapling. which they will have to pay for. and anyone who turns in an offender can recieve a reword of a free voucher at the buffet of your choice. its the american way...haha
Baby Bear

Broken Arrow, OK

#14 Aug 9, 2010
mike wrote:
why dont we just set a department of food police..and anyone on public assistance would randomly have their house searched by the food gestapo.. and if they have junk food in their house they are dropped from the program. until they they come in and have their stumach pummped tp determine what their diet has been. and on the third offense we can subject them to mandatory. stumach stapling. which they will have to pay for. and anyone who turns in an offender can recieve a reword of a free voucher at the buffet of your choice. its the american way...haha
I LOVE it. Might stop a few people from taking advantage of those of us working to support them! But I would cange the rule. They can have 1 junk food item per month. But they have to record it and make sure that everything is well documented.

Since: Jun 10

ADAIR COUNTY

#15 Aug 9, 2010
I know.. It's frustrating when you see so many abusing the system, but also keep in mind banning all junk food can't really be done. I try to keep in mind that there are alot of diabetic who have to keep things such as mini-candy bars, hard candy, or similar items as they can have a sudden drop in sugar and it may be the difference between life and death. I also try to take in account everyone should be able to have a small treqat once and awhile if possible. However, it bothers me when I see carts loaded down with nothing but junk and super quick and easy foods that are essentially garbage, as well as the most expensive products. I realize there are times when generic or other off brand foods are simply not worth it because of the quality, just as I also realize that one might need to have a couple of few quick and easy items to fix, especially in this heat. BUT, one can walk into Walmart or other sotres and be guaranteed there will be at least 5 out of 10 people who receive aid buy nothing but soda(and not diet either)and the worst and usually the highest possible foods possible. Not only is it a waste of money given to you, but it contributes of not cause to most obesity which translates to more healthcare expenses for you. I think most people who are aggravated and voicing their displeasure simply wish those receiving aid to make the most of every penny. While the rest of us pretty much look at sales and the cheapest cuts of meats to decide what we're going to eat, a large part of those receiving aid never give it a second thought and if they want steak they will get that steak no matter what and worry about not having enough food to make the month when it happens. I remember getting behind someone in Walmart a couple three months ago and almost fell over when I saw them using comparison sale ads, coupons, and pretty much the most economical items possible paying for it by food stamps. This person should give classes. I had to catch myself before I patted them on the back and told everyone in sight of their impresssiveness. Now, that's getting the most bang for your buck! For once, I didn't even care about the extra wait while they done their bidding. Maybe, I was trying to learn a thing or two myself.
Jake

United States

#16 Aug 9, 2010
Without my tequlia I do not think that I could make it through the "WORK" day.
mike

United States

#17 Aug 10, 2010
abusing the welfare system is like the weather. every body complains about it. but nobody does anything about it. ask yourself why we allow phisical education to be left out of the schools and then look suprized when we see so many overwheight kids. in the end we get the system we deserve when we substitute rightiouhs indignation for concerted effort on our part. its easier to ask why dont they fix it than to admit to ourselves ultimately we are the they, we have always been the they. and we will always be the they. our time seems to be too valuable to get involved in anything that requires changing our attitude about the problem. but we always have time to change everyone elses attitude.
Been Here a Long Time

Franklin, IN

#18 Aug 10, 2010
MAJOR CASH wrote:
I know.. It's frustrating when you see so many abusing the system, but also keep in mind banning all junk food can't really be done. I try to keep in mind that there are alot of diabetic who have to keep things such as mini-candy bars, hard candy, or similar items as they can have a sudden drop in sugar and it may be the difference between life and death. I also try to take in account everyone should be able to have a small treqat once and awhile if possible. However, it bothers me when I see carts loaded down with nothing but junk and super quick and easy foods that are essentially garbage, as well as the most expensive products. I realize there are times when generic or other off brand foods are simply not worth it because of the quality, just as I also realize that one might need to have a couple of few quick and easy items to fix, especially in this heat. BUT, one can walk into Walmart or other sotres and be guaranteed there will be at least 5 out of 10 people who receive aid buy nothing but soda(and not diet either)and the worst and usually the highest possible foods possible. Not only is it a waste of money given to you, but it contributes of not cause to most obesity which translates to more healthcare expenses for you. I think most people who are aggravated and voicing their displeasure simply wish those receiving aid to make the most of every penny. While the rest of us pretty much look at sales and the cheapest cuts of meats to decide what we're going to eat, a large part of those receiving aid never give it a second thought and if they want steak they will get that steak no matter what and worry about not having enough food to make the month when it happens. I remember getting behind someone in Walmart a couple three months ago and almost fell over when I saw them using comparison sale ads, coupons, and pretty much the most economical items possible paying for it by food stamps. This person should give classes. I had to catch myself before I patted them on the back and told everyone in sight of their impresssiveness. Now, that's getting the most bang for your buck! For once, I didn't even care about the extra wait while they done their bidding. Maybe, I was trying to learn a thing or two myself.
That was probably somebody who really needed and appreciated their food stamps. Thanks for sharing.
Anonymous

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Aug 10, 2010
U people are clueless, im a stay at home mom, who has a husband who works his butt off 6 to 7 days a week, and yes we recieve food stamps. I would work if i could, but daycare would take everything i make. plus i love staying home w/my 4 children instead of having someone else raising them. oh by the way i cook all my meals homade except for the occasional box of mac and cheese, not everyone on food stamps is taking advantage.

“Better days”

Since: Jan 09

Poteau, OK

#20 Aug 10, 2010
And not everyone believes you are a bad person that is gaming the system. I'm glad you are getting the help you need and, more than that, I'm glad that help is there should I or someone I care about need it. Good luck!
crazy-people wrote:
U people are clueless, im a stay at home mom, who has a husband who works his butt off 6 to 7 days a week, and yes we recieve food stamps. I would work if i could, but daycare would take everything i make. plus i love staying home w/my 4 children instead of having someone else raising them. oh by the way i cook all my meals homade except for the occasional box of mac and cheese, not everyone on food stamps is taking advantage.

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