Originally Posted by houghtam
Write your Congressman.
It's a perfectly reasonable and logical argument that "food" stamps should be used for "food".
I wouldn't even be opposed to restricting which types of "food" can be purchased, or even making a "food stamp specific" category of foods that are produced through government and/or other subsidies especially intended for consumption for lower income people.
I'm not entirely sure on this, but I also believe certain places (like gas stations) are not allowed to accept food stamps at all unless they carry things like fresh fruit and vegetables ("fresh" is obviously used loosely in this context). Naturally people walk right by that and head for the Monster energy drinks. If that's the case, that needs to stop, as well, although I suppose reclassifying "food" would change a lot of that anyhow.
At Walmart, for example, you can purcahse just about anything with EBT. It used to be exactly as we're describing.