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Published: Monday, Aug. 5 2013 6:05 p.m. MDT

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I honestly have no issue with this. I have known and had many friends on food stamps, and their grocery budget was DOUBLE what mine was, to feed the same size family.

Yes it's going to be harder, but not any harder than what the rest of the state deals with. It will require that you cook from scratch, and probably won't be able to buy tri-tip and steak - you'll have change to cube steak and ground beef. No more pre-cooked meals, and maybe oatmeal instead of fruit loops because it goes further, but I promise you, you can feed a family well for half of what FS provides.

Mcallen, TX

People don't see our economical devastation. It's being masked by food stamps, and other benefits.

The plug will be pulled, and benefits, food stamps, bank accounts, and employment will be gone. Massive riots?

Seventeen trillion in debt, and rising. It's not if, but when.

Utah Businessman
Sandy, UT

My problem is not with the people on food stamps. It is with our "brilliant" politicians and bureaucrats who think that they have the right to pass laws that enable them to legally steal from one person to give to another, and also use 75% of that legally stolen money to pay the politicians, the bureaucrats and the "paper-shufflers" who administer the programs. If I personally give my needy friend $100, it costs me $100 (pretty much the same if I give it to him through my favorite charity). If that friend gets $100 through a federal government program, I have to pay about $400 in taxes. Well did Neal A. Maxwell say, "The living of one principle of the gospel is better than a THOUSAND (emphasis mine) government programs, which programs are, so often, like straightening deck chairs on the Titanic." ("Why Not Now?" Ensign, Nov 1974, p.12)
Many of you know whose idea it was to force us to be "charitable." That is not a Christian ideal. Giving willingly is.

South Jordan, UT

The comments in here are decidedly un-Christ-like.

The Judge
Kaysville, UT

Hey Truth,
Check your data. 2011 data is available. Here it is, courtesy of "Characteristics of SNAP program households in FY 2011" shows 54 percent--not 3/4s--consist of elderly, children, or disabled. There were 44.7 million people on food stamps in 2011. The number as of April 2013 stands at 47,548,694. In 2010, Reuters reported, "The Agriculture Department said 39.68 million people, or 1 in 8 Americans, were enrolled for food stamps..." My favorite part of the 2011 report is when the Food and Nutrition service of the USDA says "the program has a powerful anti-poverty effect." Right. That's why even as food stamp use has skyrocketed the poverty rate has done the same. You can read the report on the FNS web site. Have some tissues handy. It'll make you cry.

Sainte Genevieve, MO

As a former food stamp recipient I certainly sympathize with those who must use them to feed their families. But there needs to be more control over their use. Create a food stamp program like WIC (Women, Infants and Children)program which allows only the purchase of specific items which are listed(much like the Bishop's Order for food from the Bishop's Storehouse). That would require the purchase of wholesome foods and fewer snack items.

South Jordan, UT

Living in a state as red as Utah, I'm not surprised by the comments. But I like to think that it's possible to be a republican without being heartless and narrow-minded.

Try being a single mother raising four kids. It's not so easy to just "Get a job, then get another job, then get another job." It's not fair to demand that of someone. And much of the reason that people buy junk food on food stamps is the same reason they would buy it otherwise. They're not trying to abuse a system meant to keep families from going hungry, they're simply trying to get more bang for their buck. Junk is cheaper.

There is more that goes on in someone's life than can be judged from the line at the grocery store. Let's fix the system, not judge the people that use it. Let's make food stamps more restrictive to more nutritious foods. Let's subsidize something more nutritious than corn in this country. And let's look at all issues of this problem before we go on angry tirades about people trying to catch a free ride.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

To all of you that want to limit the kinds of food that can be purchased with food stamps, it can be done. The WIC program gives you vouchers that state the specific items and quantities you can purchase. The problem you are going to run up against is all the lobbyists for the food and non-alcoholic beverage industries. I'm all for changes to the program that modify what can and can't be purchased, but not in support of a reduction in the food stamp benefit.
To Luv2fly - college students are not eligible for food stamps. So how did you get around that obstacle? Also what are you doing have two kids while still in school? Why couldn't you wait.
R2D2 - you are either a great coupon clipper or really don't have an idea how much you spend on food. $700/month for a family of 6 works out to $23.33/day or $7.78/meal or $1.30/meal/person. What are you feeding your kids? At that price it can't be very nutritious.

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