New York City has about 1.7 million people on food stamps.
About $75 million per year (just in New York City) goes to subsidize and pay for sugary drinks, like soda pop and energy drinks (not fruits, veggies, meat or milk).
New York City is working to ban the use of food stamps on sugary drinks.
What are your thoughts?
- Should those who use the SNAP program (food stamps) be allowed to spend the money as they wish (with the current exceptions of no tobacco or alcohol)?
- Should nutritionally devoid foods, like pop and energy drinks, be purchased with money earmarked for "alleviating hunger and malnutrition"?
- Should pop and energy drinks be considered "food"?