You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
Okay, but let’s talk for a second about how that one lady called turkey “big chicken”
You can’t even buy all food with food stamps. You just… you flat-out can’t buy “food that will be eaten in the store/any food sold for on-premises consumption” or any “hot foods” with food stamps—meaning you can’t buy anything hot, you can’t buy anything that gets blended together, you can’t buy anything “pre-prepared,” in most cases you can’t use your EBT card at restaurants. You literally CANNOT purchase a milkshake with food stamps, because it’s considered “sold for on-premises consumption” (which was ridiculous at the place I worked, because the customer had to mix their own milkshake themself with a little machine we provided them, and several people got upset—rightfully so, I think—that it wasn’t covered under food stamps, because they often only found out at the register after already mixing it, often as a treat for their kids). You literally can’t walk into a gas station, grab one of those hot dogs off their grills/out of the little heated food area, and buy it with food stamps, because it’s hot.
And when I say “can’t,” I don’t mean “if the cashier notices you trying and cares enough to stop you, they’ll refuse to do it for you.” I mean “it is actually impossible to do this.” I’m not even sure these people who disseminate false information about food stamps have paid any attention at all when buying things at the store, because what happens is: We scan in the customer’s items, into our computer. The computer has specific codes for the items and rules for what it will let you pay for things with. We scan the customer’s EBT card, and it tells us exactly how much of that price total can be paid for via EBT, and it will not include anything that isn’t food, and it will not include anything considered “pre-prepared” food. It does this automatically AND THERE IS NO OVERRIDE FOR IT. If our machines say that you can’t use the EBT card to pay for something, there is literally nothing we can do to change that, even if we WANTED to.
So no. You can’t buy iPads or cigarettes with food stamps. You can’t withdraw money from casinos or anywhere else with food stamps. You can’t buy dog food with food stamps; sometimes you can’t even buy people food with food stamps. I’m not even sure if you can buy “the big chicken legs” at Disney with food stamps; remember, you can’t buy “any food sold for on-premises consumption” OR any hot foods, and that’s both.
Literally the only thing these fearmongers listed that you can actually purchase with food stamps even if you are in goddamn cahoots with the evil liberal cashier or store manager is soda, and the judgement against people buying that with food stamps is classist fuckwittery at its finest.
So, as always, Fox News is actually flat-out lying, and hateful conservatives both don’t know what they’re talking about and don’t give a fuck about people going through shit that they will never have to go through themselves, and that they in fact don’t have even the tiniest clue about (not even via five seconds’ research; a list of things that can’t be purchased with food stamps is on the Food and Nutrition Services website) but still think they should spout off about to their TV audience anyway.
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I’m on food stamps. I get about 180 per month, which I have to budget on carefully or else I will run out of food before my next month. You wanna know what I make every month? Less than 300 dollars. Just enough to pay for my car insurance and phone bill, maybe some deodorant, soap, and some gas for my rusty vehicle. I live with my parents. Only because I have no other choice. I am mentally ill, and quite honestly, if it were not for my parents, I’d be homeless. I have clinical depression and anxiety, along with Chronic Lyme disease (don’t even get me started on the controversy surrounding that). When people judge others for using government programs, I literally squirm inside. I was raised on the notion that needing help from the government made you a bad person, lazy even. Regardless of the fact that the majority of people using welfare and government help like EBT are actually IN NEED of it and that when there are abusers of it, they are no more abusive of the system than the multi-million and billionaires who are abusing the system and cheating people, and at the end of the day, most people are just doing what they gotta do to get by. Tbh, when you’ve lived in poverty for so long that you literally feel stuck and hopeless, I cannot blame or be angry at a person for taking advantage of the system in whatever way they can. It’s only natural to do so. To survive. To say fuck it at some point. What I don’t understand is… why are people so up in arms angry over poor people using food stamps and welfare programs, which make up a very small percentage of what our taxes go to, when there are literally millionaires and billionaires sitting in 20 bedroom mansions with fucking private jets, bowling allies, basketball courts, ect and all sorts of outrageous shit all the while they simultaneously whine about how us poor and low middle class folk are the problem?? Why are people MORE ANGRY AT POOR PEOPLE JUST TRYING TO GET BY ANY WAY THEY CAN, than at the richest profiteers in the country who are literally hoarding so much money and power that the middle class is disappearing before our very eyes?! I cannot find a full time job! I’m lucky if I get a part time job that pays minimum wage! And you can forget being offered a pay raise at all, or even promised a minimum number of hours. The last 3 jobs I had were so all over the place and unsteady, I’d go from 25 hours one week, to one 3 hour shift the next. Bonkers. And forget your employer being understanding of physical disability or difficulties. Nope. In fact, if you’re not willing to take every single shift, every single task, regardless of how difficult it or straining it may be for you, if you’re not willing to come in to work on what was meant to be your day off… guess what. You’re now considered a lazy and shitty employee and viola, your hours are cut back for taking even just one sick day. This has been my experience over and over again. The working class is so fucking disrespected and treated like garbage in this country. Hell, Unions are practically fucking non-existent where I am. I fucking hate that I’m a 23 year old woman and still struggling in this economy. I hate that my parents find my presence annoying, even though I am literally ill and unable to find a full time job. I will be going to college sometime next Spring or Fall, and I happily look forward to it. But I should have been able to go 3 years ago, when I first got in to University. I was denied the federal loans I needed because according to the government, my dad makes too much money. I couldn’t take out a private loan because I had no credit and no one who could cosign for me. So now I’ve given up on a four year degree and am instead going to tech school. The American Dream is dead to me. It’s dead to a lot of people. I feel stuck. I know it could be worse. But still doesn’t make me feel any better about my situation. I hate where I live. I am constantly reminded of childhood trauma. I don’t qualify for welfare because in my area, unless you’ve been wrongfully fired from a job, you cannot get welfare. So all these people acting as if it’s so fucking easy to get government aide. NO. It ISN’T.