More Wisconsin farmers markets accepting food stamps

A growing number of farmers markets in Wisconsin are accepting food stamps. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 11 farmers markets in the state are participating in the FoodShare program. Full Story
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Jill

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Sep 9, 2010
This is great news!
Mary Allen

United States

#2 Sep 9, 2010
are you kidding me??? Why do you think that Papa Murphy's and Subway are both in Walmart in St. Croix Falls?? You get your $600 order that fills three carts courtesy of the State, then get out the EBT card and have Pizza and Subs. What a life.
I seen this going on the first of August when I was in the store, most carts were sure piled high.
How do you sign up for all these free benefits that everyone seems to know about but me?? If you want to shop alone wait until the 11th of the month. Food support cards go by the last digit in your Social Security number. And there are less
screaming babies.
Hypocrites R Us

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Sep 9, 2010
Mary Allen wrote:
are you kidding me??? Why do you think that Papa Murphy's and Subway are both in Walmart in St. Croix Falls?? You get your $600 order that fills three carts courtesy of the State, then get out the EBT card and have Pizza and Subs. What a life.
I seen this going on the first of August when I was in the store, most carts were sure piled high.
How do you sign up for all these free benefits that everyone seems to know about but me?? If you want to shop alone wait until the 11th of the month. Food support cards go by the last digit in your Social Security number. And there are less
screaming babies.
You really are ignorant. You cannot use an EBT card to purchase food from any restaurant or fast food store, even if the store is a kiosk located inside another store. There are signs at grocery stores telling you that pre-cooked items from their deli's are not allowed to be purchased with EBT cards either. Btw, how did you know they were called EBT cards vs food stamps, as the article called them, anyway? And how do you know that the cards go by the last digit of your SS #? Sounds to me like you have a friend or family member collecting these benefits and are angry or jealous that they are getting some help.
Mary Allen

United States

#4 Sep 9, 2010
Hypocrites R Us wrote:
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You really are ignorant. You cannot use an EBT card to purchase food from any restaurant or fast food store, even if the store is a kiosk located inside another store. There are signs at grocery stores telling you that pre-cooked items from their deli's are not allowed to be purchased with EBT cards either. Btw, how did you know they were called EBT cards vs food stamps, as the article called them, anyway? And how do you know that the cards go by the last digit of your SS #? Sounds to me like you have a friend or family member collecting these benefits and are angry or jealous that they are getting some help.
yeah I know people. People I work with get the EBT card.
And you are really uneducated about the EBT card. Papa Murphy's advertises right on TV. EBT accepted. The old days of food stamps were no pre-cooked meals. That is way in the past. Stores and fast food places would never make it without easing the restrictions. The homeless don't have stoves and that is why there aren't as many rules. And sure I would sign up for the free ride. Wouldn't you?? This state is getting ripped royally.
And it will never go away. The economy depends on the EBT card.
Sign me up!!
Hypocrites R Us

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Sep 9, 2010
Mary Allen wrote:
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yeah I know people. People I work with get the EBT card.
And you are really uneducated about the EBT card. Papa Murphy's advertises right on TV. EBT accepted. The old days of food stamps were no pre-cooked meals. That is way in the past. Stores and fast food places would never make it without easing the restrictions. The homeless don't have stoves and that is why there aren't as many rules. And sure I would sign up for the free ride. Wouldn't you?? This state is getting ripped royally.
And it will never go away. The economy depends on the EBT card.
Sign me up!!
Sorry, you're the uneducated one. Papa Murphy's may be allowable on an EBT card as it is UNCOOKED pizza you must bake at home yourself. But, fast food places like Subway, McDonald's, Arby's, etc., are NOT allowable purchases on EBT cards, nor is ANY pre-cooked foods from deli's or the like. The homeless CANNOT get the cards, they have to have an address to qualify and therefore it is assumed they have a place to cook meals. Whether they actually have addresses or are using a friend or family members to qualify to receive assistance is another issue. And, no, I wouldn't sign up for the free ride unless I absolutely had to. That is what the assistance programs are for. Those in need. Not angry, jealous whinners who don't NEED the help, yet have the attitude you seem to have.
Mary Allen

United States

#6 Sep 9, 2010
Hypocrites R Us wrote:
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Sorry, you're the uneducated one. Papa Murphy's may be allowable on an EBT card as it is UNCOOKED pizza you must bake at home yourself. But, fast food places like Subway, McDonald's, Arby's, etc., are NOT allowable purchases on EBT cards, nor is ANY pre-cooked foods from deli's or the like. The homeless CANNOT get the cards, they have to have an address to qualify and therefore it is assumed they have a place to cook meals. Whether they actually have addresses or are using a friend or family members to qualify to receive assistance is another issue. And, no, I wouldn't sign up for the free ride unless I absolutely had to. That is what the assistance programs are for. Those in need. Not angry, jealous whinners who don't NEED the help, yet have the attitude you seem
to have.
The problem is that those in need are not the ones to benefit. It is a single mother's game to have as many kids as she can and then
collect all the freebies. I see it every day. Even for full time employees. You have enough kids, you can get anything. And don't even get me going on Heatshare. That is another rip off. I would advise anyone to cut way back on any charity donations except the Humane Society.....the single mom's don't need any more.
Recovery Bummer

Monroe, LA

#7 Sep 9, 2010
this is the 'new normal' in a 'post-racial presidency'.
Hypocrites R Us

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Sep 9, 2010
Mary Allen wrote:
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The problem is that those in need are not the ones to benefit. It is a single mother's game to have as many kids as she can and then
collect all the freebies. I see it every day. Even for full time employees. You have enough kids, you can get anything. And don't even get me going on Heatshare. That is another rip off. I would advise anyone to cut way back on any charity donations except the Humane Society.....the single mom's don't need any more.
Of course there are some who do this, but most single Mom's DO NOT have multiple kids to collect benefits. Come on now, most single Mom's deserve our admiration and respect for taking care of their kids without the father to help them. It's not fair to categorize all single Mom's this way, is it? I don't begrudge them the help the fathers refuse to give them. Why do you? You've seen some at work? Bull-crap!
Mary Allen

United States

#9 Sep 10, 2010
you are kidding right?? I think you should go to Walmart or ride the MTC once in a while. Get out of the house. It will do you good.
this makes sense

Kensington, MN

#10 Sep 19, 2010
being able to use food stamps at a farmers market
sounds like one of the more intelligent uses of food stamps i have heard. maybe it will encourage more home canning and quality food preservation.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#11 Sep 19, 2010
Food stamps should be for staple items only, no exceptions. Also, have anybody ever seen a food stamp person, who uses coupons?
The Enlightener

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Sep 19, 2010
The Golf Guy wrote:
Food stamps should be for staple items only, no exceptions. Also, have anybody ever seen a food stamp person, who uses coupons?
My family is on EBT Food Benefits due to my husband getting laid off from his job & my health problems(heart problem that causes random fainting spells, fibromyalgia, Myofascial disease just to name a few)that keep me from doing my freelance work. We buy most of our food at the Farmers Market and what don't get there, we buy at local stores & use coupons as much as possible. We did this before we had to go on SNAP because we've always been penny-pinchers. We also buy only organic & healthy foods that are without HFCS, nitrates, artificial anything...so the EBT only goes so far so we have to use as many coupons as possible.

The EBT/Food Stamp program is there to help people make it through a tough time like what my family is going through. I wish people wouldn't abuse it because it makes all of us who are on it look bad and that's sad. It has been such a God-send for my family and I don't know where we would be without it.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#13 Sep 19, 2010
The Enlightener wrote:
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My family is on EBT Food Benefits due to my husband getting laid off from his job & my health problems(heart problem that causes random fainting spells, fibromyalgia, Myofascial disease just to name a few)that keep me from doing my freelance work. We buy most of our food at the Farmers Market and what don't get there, we buy at local stores & use coupons as much as possible. We did this before we had to go on SNAP because we've always been penny-pinchers. We also buy only organic & healthy foods that are without HFCS, nitrates, artificial anything...so the EBT only goes so far so we have to use as many coupons as possible.
The EBT/Food Stamp program is there to help people make it through a tough time like what my family is going through. I wish people wouldn't abuse it because it makes all of us who are on it look bad and that's sad. It has been such a God-send for my family and I don't know where we would be without it.
Congratulations to you. Hope you get back on your feet soon.
Mom

Sussex, WI

#14 Sep 20, 2010
I think its a great idea..let people get the fresh fruits/veggies etc..I still think they need to drug test though

everyone knows at the beginning of the month is when they get their money

go to potowotami, check them all out
food shopping with 6 cart fulls

Gotta love it when a single mom with 2 kids cant get help, but these people can keep pusing out babies for more help....the amount of money they get for groceries for 3/4 people could feed my family for months...its no wonder they sell their cards(quest ones for sure)..they make money and still have plenty of it left for food...Can you say drug testing too please

Since: Aug 08

De Pere, WI

#15 Sep 20, 2010
Mom wrote:
I think its a great idea..let people get the fresh fruits/veggies etc..I still think they need to drug test though
everyone knows at the beginning of the month is when they get their money
go to potowotami, check them all out
food shopping with 6 cart fulls
Gotta love it when a single mom with 2 kids cant get help, but these people can keep pusing out babies for more help....the amount of money they get for groceries for 3/4 people could feed my family for months...its no wonder they sell their cards(quest ones for sure)..they make money and still have plenty of it left for food...Can you say drug testing too please
I agree with you 100%. If we need to have drug testing at our workplace, surely someone wanting benefits from our tax dollars should need to get drug tested as well. It only makes sense. No drug test or a positive drug test equals zero benefits.
That single mom

New Berlin, WI

#16 Aug 13, 2011
Everyone is quick to judge the person buying food with food stamps. I'm sure you've seen plenty of people abusing the system; there always will be. When you see a mom with 2 kids and a cart full of groceries pull out her quest card no one ever stops and asks her what her situation is. Did you ever think that maybe she is ashamed that this is how she has to buy her food because life didn't work out the way she planned it? I work a full-time job, I go to school full-time, and I take care of 2 kids by myself. I go to the grocery store on the 11th (that's when I get my benefits, so you're wrong Ms. Mary Allen) and I fill up my grocery cart with healthy food for my children and myself and I pay for it with EBT. Then I carry all of that out to my beat up van and then have to figure out how to get all of the groceries and my 2 kids into the house without leaving them unattended. Then I have to balance one on my hip while I put them away and cook them dinner. Then I put them to bed and stay up late doing homework just to get up early and go to work. That's my life because I thought that I would get married and live happily ever after. Please don't be so quick to judge. If you've never had to feel the complete and utter embarrassment and shame of having to buy your food with food stamps to make sure that your children are healthy, then you should keep your opinions to yourself. I'm thankful that more farmer's markets are accepting EBT. It's a win-win: healthy food for FoodShare participants and income for farmers.
Jaimie

Madison, WI

#17 Aug 13, 2011
Hypocrites R Us wrote:
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You really are ignorant. You cannot use an EBT card to purchase food from any restaurant or fast food store, even if the store is a kiosk located inside another store. There are signs at grocery stores telling you that pre-cooked items from their deli's are not allowed to be purchased with EBT cards either. Btw, how did you know they were called EBT cards vs food stamps, as the article called them, anyway? And how do you know that the cards go by the last digit of your SS #? Sounds to me like you have a friend or family member collecting these benefits and are angry or jealous that they are getting some help.
Actually many local resturaunts are accepting foodstamps now, escpecially in California.$1 in food stamps is $3 profit for the merchant accepting it.

Wisconsin has been doing food stamps for fresh produce for years. So this isnt history or big news, they give Cash dollars coupons for foodstamp card at the little stand by papa myles teddy wedgers.
austin

Hartland, WI

#19 Mar 9, 2012
Mary Allen wrote:
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The problem is that those in need are not the ones to benefit. It is a single mother's game to have as many kids as she can and then
collect all the freebies. I see it every day. Even for full time employees. You have enough kids, you can get anything. And don't even get me going on Heatshare. That is another rip off. I would advise anyone to cut way back on any charity donations except the Humane Society.....the single mom's don't need any more.
I am a 17 year old teen and i have a single mother and it wasn't her fault she lost her job a while back and still get on our feet. So you really shouldn't be categorizing people before you know them!

Since: Nov 08

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#20 Mar 10, 2012
I am a food stamps eligibility worker, have done it for 25 years current caseload of 400 families.

Most recipients are gaming the system.
Many states have no resource limit. A family in our county just came into $600,000. Quit their jobs and now get food stamps and the medical card, all within the regulations.
Many similar stories in other states.
Easily 75% are gaming the system, structuring their life so they get more freebies, or are committing outright fraud, most of it impossible to prove.

Four states allow food stamps at restaurants.

Adult children are supported by their parents, who provide all of their need except food and medical, the state does that.

Some parents own apartment buildings, and give the adult children free rent, and the state subsidizes the little bit of child support the single mothers receive.

I watch the news, I know some parts of the country are having a bad time, and many people are doing the best they can, but all of this is just the exceptions.

More children mean more social service benefits, not just foods stamps.

Half of all babies born in the United States are paid for by welfare (medical assistance), prenatal care too.
totalreason

Verona, WI

#21 Mar 27, 2012
Hypocrites R Us wrote:
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You really are ignorant. You cannot use an EBT card to purchase food from any restaurant or fast food store, even if the store is a kiosk located inside another store. There are signs at grocery stores telling you that pre-cooked items from their deli's are not allowed to be purchased with EBT cards either. Btw, how did you know they were called EBT cards vs food stamps, as the article called them, anyway? And how do you know that the cards go by the last digit of your SS #? Sounds to me like you have a friend or family member collecting these benefits and are angry or jealous that they are getting some help.
you are mis informed. many FF chains now accept EBT. like wendys and mcD's...

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