New York doesn’t want anyone to buy soda using food stamps.New York Times reports officials in that city are seeking to ban people from using of food stamps to buy soft drinks, an attempt to improve the health of low-income demographics. If approved, it would be the first time an item would be banned from the federal program based solely on nutritional value.
Drinking one soda or sugary drink a day can pack on 15 pounds a year. A 20 ounce drink can contain up to 16 packs of sugar. And while food stamps can’t be used to purchase cigarettes, beer, liquor, pet food, vitamins, household goods or prepared foods like deli sandwiches, you can use them to buy as many sugar-packed beverages you want.
“It’s sending the message to low-income people that they are uniquely the only people in America who don’t know how to take care of their family,” said Joel Berg, the group’s executive director. “The problem isn’t that they’re making poor choices, the problem is that they can’t afford nutritious food.”