08 Sep '11, 1pm

What's really going on with fast food and food stamps.

What's really going on with fast food and food stamps.

Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch "Restaurants want a piece of food stamp pie" blared a recent USA Today headline . The article focused on lobbying by fast food restaurants, particularly Yum! Brands, the parent company of Taco Bell and KFC, which is enthusiastic about feeding food stamp recipients its market-tested concoctions. It caused a stir on Twitter and even got Gothamist's snark-filled attention . The prospect that the food scientists who came up with the gut-busting Double Down sandwich would start a relentless marketing campaign aimed at low-income consumers in an era of rising obesity is alarming. Indeed, Kelly Brownell, director of Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity , called the idea of Yum! restaurants participating in the program "preposterous." I was surprised to hear of this lobbying campaign; I had understood that food stamps could not be used at restaurant...

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