Hey, here's something even Nanuk ought to be able to get behind!
NY officials: Take soda out of food stamp program
Gotta say I approve of this move. I don't approve of painting welfare recipients as mindless, sugar-chugging fatsos, but there's definitely a link between lower income and higher obesity.Take sugary drinks and soda out of items eligible for purchase through food stamps, New York officials said Thursday.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to exclude sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas and sports drinks from food stamp eligibility, because of their effects on obesity. Under the New York proposal, city food stamp recipients would not be able to buy soda using food stamps for two years.
Unfortunately, it's a matter of education (and kudos to WIC for doing what they can to address this aspect) and healthy food availability within poorer districts. It's unfortunate, but when there are ten McDonalds on the way to the one, sub-standard grocery store...