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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009
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    @looneynerd
    I work at Publix, and compared to most of our competitors, we're way high-end. Organic section, lots of Boar's Head in the deli, hand-made bread in the bakery, really good produce and meat sections, that kind of place. And we get a fair amount of customers paying w/ EBT.
    EBT cards apparently just give you an amount of money to spend, and there you have it. Considering we get a lot of birthday cakes (avg. price: 30 bucks) paid for w/ EBT, I'd imagine there's not a ton of restrictions on what you can buy nowadays.

    Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009
     (6467.22)
    The principal limitation on what you buy with Food Stamps is that the food has to be of US origin.

    Basicly, food Stamps are a farm subsidy program not a welfare program.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009
     (6467.23)
    @kosmo, I suspect thats's not even the case, the things I recall not being purchasable on it were beer, booze, cigarettes, Formula, (WIC gets that) and non food items.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009
     (6467.24)
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/FSP/retailers/eligible.htm

    Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:
    Foods for the household to eat, such as:
    -- breads and cereals;
    -- fruits and vegetables;
    -- meats, fish and poultry; and
    -- dairy products.


    Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

    In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

    Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:
    Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco;


    Any nonfood items, such as:
    -- pet foods;
    -- soaps, paper products; and
    -- household supplies.


    Vitamins and medicines.


    Food that will be eaten in the store.


    Hot foods.


    http://www.fns.usda.gov/FSP/retailers/pdfs/eligible_list.pdf

    Fun fact - in Rural Alaska bows and arrows are eligible items for Food Stamps.
    • CommentAuthor/
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009
     (6467.25)
    @ brittanica - Yeah, you're right. The only restriction I know of on food stamps is that you can't buy cooked / hot food with it.
    And I know this because the grocery store on the corner of 21st and West End makes me pay for their cheeseburgers with cash.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009
     (6467.26)
    Wikipedia says the original 1964 Act banned the use of food stamps on imported food.

    i'm not sure if/when that changed.
    • CommentAuthor/
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009
     (6467.27)
    I've never heard that before, Kosmopolit. I don't think that's in effect now.
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009
     (6467.28)
    @hank
    From my experience, WIC is so confusingly restrictive that I'm surprised it still exists.

    Also, from Wikipedia on EBT cards:
    Through EBT, a recipient uses his/her EBT card to make purchases at participating retailers. Food Stamp benefits can be used only to purchase food items authorized by the USDA's Food Stamp program. Cash benefits may be used to purchase any item at a participating retailer, as well as to obtain cash-back or make a cash withdrawal from a participating ATM.

    So, essentially, there's not really any restrictions but budget, at least w/ the EBT system of food stamps.
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      CommentAuthorvoyou
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009
     (6467.29)
    I stay away from fresh vegetables and stick with stored, which are just as healthy

    I think it depends a bit on how they're stored. Canned vegetables can contain quite a lot of salt and sugar, and contain less nutrients than raw fresh or frozen vegetables (but not, probably, than cooked fresh vegetables).
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009 edited
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    @britannica Where I lived it was a major income source for grocers, so they had special stickers on many WIC approved foods.

    RE: EBT

    If you are using a modern POS system, you can flag items which count toward food stamps and such.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2009
     (6467.31)
    As a recipient of the EBT benefits in KY, I can say that with said card, you can purchase any food item in a store, except hot foods....while some consider it dinner, alchohol does not count... I can't say i've run into any edible item you can't get...
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2009
     (6467.32)
    This may be of some interest to this thread.
    This bill proposes greater FDA regulatory powers over the national food supply and food providers, namely granting it the authority to regulate how crops are raised and harvested, to quarantine a geographic area, to make warrantless searches of business records, and to establish a national food tracing system. Concurrently, the bill would impose annual registration fees of $500 on all facilities holding, processing, or manufacturing food and require that such facilities also engaged in the transport or packing of food maintain pedigrees of the origin and previous distribution history of the food.


    Kinda scary, especially for people like my parents, who have a nice big field of raspberries and blueberries, and are fairly against the idea of throwing a fuck-ton of pesticides and stuff on them.
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    "Kinda scary, especially for people like my parents, who have a nice big field of raspberries and blueberries, and are fairly against the idea of throwing a fuck-ton of pesticides and stuff on them."

    I will freely admit I haven' read the site linked.

    But after 10+ years of reading about the latet Orwellian Horror bill, which turns outb to be nothing of the sort, I'm somewhat skeptical?

    What happened with the secret government plot to outlaw the sale of homemade cloth toys>