Small Town America

      If you have ever had to use food stamps, you will understand my purpose writing this blog.  It has been over 30 years since we used them, but some of the same rules apply.  I watched is disbelief at the grocery store today.  A young man was checking out in front of me and using food stamps.

     He bought 3 cases of soda pop, 3 packages of Mondo (glorified kool aid), a bags of candy and a box of sugary cereal.  No one questioned his choices or challenged his wisdom.  This program is designed to provide food for low income families.  You would think they would by food with them.  I guess the sugary cereal qualifies as food, but still maybe not the best choice.

     What you can’t buy with food stamps is dish soap, laundry soap, bath soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, paper towels, any cleaning supplies, or shampoo.  If you don’t have  money for these things, I guess you just stay dirty.  How would one find money for these things if they were out of work or at a minimum wage job?   They can eat their chips and candy and drink their soda pop…….but they sure won’t smell very good.

     Maybe with all the talk in Washington, DC regarding the government entitlement programs, someone could figure out a way so that people can eat healthy foods and still take a shower.   Maybe these people could sit down to dinner with clean clothes on and then wash the dishes when they are finished.  

     I thank God that I am not dependent on Government programs.  God is my source for all things and I know, “He will supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  Phil. 4:19

     However, there are millions of families that desperately need these food stamps, but they also need soap, toothpaste and toilet paper.  Is there a way to regulate the program to allow these neccessities of  life and not allow junk foods and sugary drinks?

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