The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Essay

782 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
The supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) has been providing nutrition assistance to low and no income families since 1964. Since its start, the program has evolved and now allows members to purchase “junk” food; however, this has caused many people to debate over this controversial topic. Critics question whether or not unhealthy foods should be eligible to be purchased with SNAP benefits, since they are not essential to the human diet. Regardless, junk food should continue to remain on the acceptable foods list because of the difficulty in restricting certain foods as allowable, the arbitrary description of “healthy,” and the decrease in cost for processed foods. Many people claim that junk food should not be eligible for purchase with food stamps. Members of SNAP are more at risk to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, etc because of the allowance of processed foods and soda. More than 40% of people on food stamps are considered obese. People believe that by removing junk food, it will promote healthy eating. Though a valid idea, SNAP was created to help families who are financially unable, to purchase food that they may otherwise not be able to afford. SNAP never had the intention to Americans on a diet. People should be able to have the freedom of purchasing what they choose; otherwise, we may turn into a socialistic society where everything is controlled and regulated by the government, which is proven to lead to failure hence the fall of the Soviet…

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