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Are you in Arizona and recieve food stamps? Now you can get take out Pizza with those EBT benefits!

Can you sense the sarcasm in my title? I sure hope so! Now let me say this first, I would never begrudge those in need of food the ebt benefits. However this program and what you can buy with it is getting just plain ridiculous!

I was a single parent for YEARS making squat at times to support my daughter and myself and I never even qualified for 1.00 a month of food stamps! I was lucky in that I worked for a physicians office that got drug rep lunches most days so I would eat that meals and bring home and freeze the left overs to feed my daughter on the weekends when she wasn't in days care. I didn't have a food budget period. If there was money left over after paying all my bills (which there usually wasn't as a matter of fact I don't know how I even made all my bills) I would get groceries.


I would go any buy cheap mac and cheese, a loaf of bread, peanut butter and jelly, potted meat. I would get anything cheap enough to stretch. I would often see people getting 2L of soda, candy, steak, shrimp rings, chips and whip out food stamps to pay for that junk. God that used to piss me off and still does. I still see people by soda and candy at convenience stores and pay with food stamps!

I thought that was bad until my best friend called me the other day to let me know a popular take n bake pizza company Papa Murphy's that is a franchise now takes EBT cards and has huge banners advertising this on their stores! You can get Pizza's, soda, salads and pay with EBT cards. Are you kidding me? Whats next? This is ordering out, so you have to cook it you are still going there to pick up a pizza like any other pizza joint!

Come on if I ever got benefits I would be buying REAL food not crap, I don't thing that those with benefits should be able to by junk food, steak, shrimp, soda, candy with food stamps! There needs to be some sort of reform. Like I said I will bot begrudge those that need it but this pizza thing and the junk food is just burning me up! I don't even take out pizza because of expense but hell those who's food I pay for with my taxes can!

Yeah I'm sure there are a ton of you who agree with me, but I am sure there are some that don't. Why? I have no clue but this is my opinion and I'm sticking to it!

23 comments:

Kimberly said...

Yes it crazy. I get people need food. Great. But the stipulations are so lax and the system gets abused. In Wisconsin, you can't buy hot food with food stamps, but you can get up to $250 a month per person INCLUDING INFANTS. This is in addition to the very easy to obtain free formula through our WIC program.

Brittany said...

Hey I at one point was on food stamps and still find this ridiculous. If you look at it (and quite possibly I'm ignorant) those that are paying for this (taxpayers) who often can't afford fast food, steak, candy etc are paying for OTHERS to eat like that. Makes absolutely no sense and quite honestly it's crap.

forty-something chick said...

Unbe *freakin* lievable, that's all I can say!

Becca said...

Ugh, that bugs me! I have never seen people use food stamps for luxury items. I normally see them buying bread, milk, formula, etc.

Bobbie said...

Do you know what, I agree with you. I think this is complete BS. As much as I understand that people recieiving the benefits need food, but they could get 2-3 MEALS for the price of the ONE pizza at Papa Murphys! UGH!

SC said...

Horrible. I am in total agreement with Brittany - this is CRAZY. You know, my family does NOT eat out, I manage to widdle my budget down to just 25 a week - and there are folks with food stamps that can buy pizza? I just can't believe that.

Lady V dZine said...

Ugh! My kids and I volunteer at a food pantry every Monday, and it would really TICK ME OFF if I saw one of our patrons using an EBT card at a take out place!

Tammy said...

I've got your back Lisa - nothing annoys me more than misuse of something that is made to ensure healthy meals are consumed by a family struggling.

I was behind someone in the grocery store with a couple of gallons of milk, and some formula, which they used the program to pay for. Then the same person paid cash for a case of beer.

This program needs reform.

Wendy said...

If you were a single parent with 6 kids working a minimum wage job, and had no time to prepare food from raw ingredients, you may feel differently. The pizza thing may be a bit extreme, but then again, sometimes the price of a frozen pizza is the same as take out. Little Ceasars pizzas are $5 each, which is similar to the cost of a cheaper frozen one around here. People who are poor are still trying to live a normal life, and some may not have the knowledge and skills to know how to spend what little they have. Just try not to judge too harshly. Until you've walked in their shoes, you really don't know what it's like.

rachell said...

umm... if people on food stamps couldn't buy junk food- or even SHRIMP- they would go through their food stamps 10x faster because "healthy" food is the most expensive. also, this pizza place says "take &bake", which doesn't sound that much different from getting a pizza from the store. obviously, no one should be getting take out pizzas daily- but even people on food stamps should be able to splurge occasionally!

Lisa P@www.isitmondayalready.com said...

Wendy. The thing is I have walked in their shoes! I was a single parent for years. I struggled my butt off to make ends meat. I made it a point to state this in my post. I never qualified for benefits even making chump change! I dont feel that anyone that receives food stamps should be able to buy "take and bake or frozen pizza" period. Perhaps the government should spend money on teaching them the "skills" they need to maximize their benefits. I do not feel that I am judging them too harshly at all, because I did it without help.I learned how to spend what I had to get what I could.I still shop as cheap as possible.

Rachell, I agree that healthy food is expensive BUT almost everyone has a 99 cents only store and guess what that is where I BUY my produce and a tone of my "healthier" foods. And get this they take EBT. Sure splurge but not on my dime when I cant even afford to do it!

Jessica said...

Well, I guess you all hate people like me. I was a single mom for many years and made a low enough amount to qualify for foodstamps. I see nothing wrong with Papa Murphys accepting foodstamps. The pizzas are made with fresh ingredients, not processed veggies. They are not cooked when you purchase them, and the price is reasonable. Reasonable enough that if I were to purchase the items to make the pizza myself at home from the grocery store, it would cost me more. Why should a family on foodstamps not be able to purchase fresh food that is cheaper than making it? I was thankful for Papa Murphys. I could call in my order and pick it up before leaving my 12 hr work day and pop it in the oven while going over school work with my 4 children. It was a time saver and helped me maintain working my butt off and raising my kids. Even though I was not making enough money to not qualify for the program. I am self sufficient now and do not get foodstamps. But do not disagree with Papa Murphys one bit.

Jessica said...

to add to my comment and in response to yours above. No I have never in my life seen a .99 cent produce store. And I have lived in several states.

Haasiegirl said...

This is actually really an interesting topic. Unfor I cannot comment in an educated fashion because I have never been on food stamps. I call that a blessing.

But i dont now what it feels like so my thoughts are irrelevant...

~Trisha

Jessica @Riding with Jessica said...

I did not say you but all the commentors that down those who decide to purchase a take and bake pizza for $10. Keep in mind that is an entire meal for my 5 person household. so $2 each. And who says that everyone who purchase take and bake pizza purchases shrimp and steak. It is different every where you live. I live on the gulf coast and shrimp is as cheap as chicken here. My family dont even eat steak and never has. However I am proud as a mother to have been able to make my childrens life as normal as possible when we did receive foodstamps that even now they dont remember. I would hate it if my kids did remember. That makes me feel like a better mother whatever others opinions are on what I was or was not able to feed my kids. And I am a thrifty shopper. With a now 6 person household and 4 teens/tweens we spend no more than $75 per week on groceries, and it is summer time. And we still eat pizza and shrimp.

Lisa P@www.isitmondayalready.com said...

Jessica Ill say it again I dont hate those that use Food stamps, never have never will. I do not agree with the take and bake pizza never will I dont care how the break down go's for the meal. In my mind that should not be allowed with food stamps. I am glad that the assistance helped you. I am but I can speak only for me and my situation and for what I have personally seen. I have seen soda, chips, candy, steak, shrimp. All of which in my opinion need not be allowed as they are not necessary foods to eat.

Anonymous said...

I think more restaurants should accept EBT. Has it occured to anyone that many people on food stamps are homeless and have nowhere to prepare food? They get by on prepared and cooked foods they buy from stores and eat sitting in the park or on the curb down the street.

Anonymous said...

...I am one of those who was too proud to accept help from government programs, but times are tough. I've been self employed for 16 years and yes I had some really great years, but not this year. Due to the economy I had to use up all my savings to keep the business going and then took on debt...it was either pay for supplies or feed my kids.

I relunctantly applied for food stamps...believe it was a real downer for me. But thankfully, our family qualified. That's money I don't have to worry about.

I am very grateful for this blessing. And yes, I get stares and I'm sure people are making judgements against me, but my kids get to eat.

Lisa P@www.isitmondayalready.com said...

I know times can be tough! I am glad the help is there for those who really need it, however there needs to be more strict guidelines on what can be purchased with food stamps! I seriously saw a sign at 7-11 that stated "only the smaller cans of Redbull can be purchased with EBT" now come on NO ONE needs Redbull, hell I don't even buy it because of its high cost so why should someone who is receiving food assistance be allowed to buy it? Its not water something that is essential.

Mary said...

I have been a single working mom of 2 little girls for 5 years and was too proud for govt assistance (even though I definitely qualified with my low income). By the grace of God is the only way we survived. (I recieved no child support from a dead beat dad.) Then I remarried to a wonderful husband making good money in a job that he's been at for 26 years. I stopped working to take care of our beautiful new son and finally to be a mom I've always wanted to be for my daughters. Then all of a sudden he was layed off. The last thing we wanted to do was to resort to food stamps (it was a pride thing). We desperately applied for jobs. Because of the economy, we didn't stand a chance. We have been struggling now for 2 years. We started our own business and it's holding on, but barely making it. I guess I'm telling you all this because I feel ashamed and almost guilty for having to apply for food stamps. I'm so embarrassed to have to whip out that EBT card when I'm grocery shopping. Believe me, it's not a good feeling. And you have to know I don't buy anything unless it's on sale and I have a coupon. I learned to shop that way. Now to my point... pizza, it's not such a junk food as you may think. It's got cheese, bread, meat. Do you know how much cheese is at the grocery store? Last time I looked it was $3/lb. Groceries are getting so expensive. Even though I have never bought from this pizza place, I might consider it now (only w/ a coupon of course). But it really is about the judgement of the purchaser, because a person on food stamps only gets so much per month. It's up to them to make it stretch as far as it can go, and to be as healthy as it can be for their family. Now, if a person is buying red bull (which in AZ, that doesn't qualify as food, so they wouldn't be able to) then they may not be very responsible in what they purchase. For me, it's a means of survival for now. And if a pizza is going to end up being a good deal to feed my family, then regardless of the ridicule, embarrassement of it all, and the looks I get, by golly, I'm going to feed my family!!!

Lisa P@www.isitmondayalready.com said...

Hey Mary I'm sorry but to me pizza is junk food. And as far as red bull you sure can buy it at 7-11with food stamps in AZ they have signs on the coolers they just have to be the small ones. besides whats the difference between those soda, candy and the rest of the junk that is allowed?There is no shame in food stamps, BUT there needs to be more regulation as to what is considered food. I was a single parent for years with no child support and made very little yet I didn't qualify for food stamps. So when I see them being used for crap I sure do get angry and judgmental. I would have loved any help.

Anonymous said...

Ok so what if your homeless and you cant get into a shelter. Where are you going to cook your food? That is why fast food places are starting to take EBT it is for the homeless who have no where to cook their food. However I do disagree with those that have a place to cook the food using fast food but I do think its good for the homeless so they can eat a hot meal once in awhile

Nancy -The Frugal Dietitian said...

Agree with the absurdity of it. As a Dietitian, I believe that there needs to be more restrictions in the food chosen. WIC does it and it has already improved their food choices. In WIC, there are alternatives for people who are homeless or live in shelters. The obesity epidemic is more significant in people on food stamps (SNAP). Instead of the gov't spending so many resources going after food companies and restaurants they need to revamp their own food services and programs.

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