07 Sep '11, 5am

Fast Food Chains Lobby States for Food Stamp Allowances | Care2 Causes

Fast Food Chains Lobby States for Food Stamp Allowances | Care2 Causes

As the current recession continues and millions of jobless Americans are seeing their incomes and wealth disappear, the food stamp program has increased dramatically. The number of participating households has almost doubled since 2005, and the amount of money spent on the program has tripled to $65 billion annually in the same time period. Fast food conglomerate Yum! Brands wants in on this gravy train, and is now lobbying states to allow fast food franchises to accept the stamps. USA Today reports : “Federal rules generally prohibit food stamp benefits, which are distributed under the USDA ‘s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), from being exchanged for prepared foods. Yet a provision dating to the 1970s allows states to allow restaurants to serve disabled, elderly and homeless people, USDA spokeswoman Jean Daniel said.” So, states can allow restaurants to a...

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