Pros And Cons Of The Food Stamp Program

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The Food Stamp Program, now known as, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the U.S. largest food assistance agency, whose annual budget is $75 billion and is estimated to pay $4 billion in soda alone. SNAP was created in 1969 to help combat hunger and improve the nutrition and health of low income families. Indeed, the federal government is acting irresponsibly and contributing to Americas obesity epidemic by allowing SNAP participants to purchase junk food, such as soda and candy; furthermore, said agency would benefit recipients by eliminating the purchase of soda and candy, by continuing to promote and sponsor nutrition education and wellness programs and lastly, by the restructuring SNAP to resemble the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) dietary guidelines that is more nutritional based and restricts unhealthy foods. …show more content…
Eliminate the purchase of soda and candy from SNAP funds intended to provide nutrition and not empty calories to obesity, diabetes, and other chronic related diseases. Restricting junk food enables SNAP participants to make better food quality choices because funds are made available to purchase food that is high in nutrition value. For example, a child who drinks a soda, consumes the same amount of calories as eating an apple and a tablespoon of peanut butter. This snack is nutritionally based and satisfies hunger. The federal government would greatly benefit SNAP recipients and taxpayers by an expanded campaign that promote healthy eating, the benefits of exercise and making better lifestyle choices to prevent obesity and chronic related diseases. According to some estimates $4 billion is spent on sugary drinks and Center for Diseases budget for the prevention of related weight illnesses is only $650

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