It’s OK to use food stamps to buy fast food? Better check for conflicts of interest
Posted Sep 13 2011 6:59am
Readers Robyn and Will sent me a link to an ABC News story about Yum! Brands efforts to get more states to authorize the use of food stamp (SNAP) benefits in fast food restaurants.
Michigan, California, Arizona, and Florida already do this. Yum!, the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, wants it to go national.
We believe that food stamps should be used to buy nutritious food for kids and families, not junk food! This nonsense has to stop! This is a government program–it should not be a means for corporations to sell products that will eventually lead to ever-increasing health problems–obesity, heart issues, diabetes, etc. What can we do to be heard?
USA Today did a story on this last week. It elicited more than 1,000 comments. I’m not surprised.
The issue thoroughly divides the food advocacy community. Public health and anti-hunger advocates sharply disagree on this issue, as they do on the question of whether sodas should be taxed.
USA Today quoted Kelly Brownell, director of Yale’s anti-obesity Rudd Center:
It’s preposterous that a company like Yum! Brands would even be considered for inclusion in a program meant for supplemental nutrition.