Wisconsin GOP Pushes Food Stamp Shellfish Ban
Wisconsin Republicans are pushing legislation to restrict what poor people can buy with food stamps.
On Wednesday, a public benefits committee of the Wisconsin State Legislature approved a bill that would require food stamp beneficiaries to use two-thirds of their monthly allotment on healthy foods approved for a separate and much smaller federal nutrition program that serves pregnant women and moms with new babies. The billwould also prohibit them from buying "crab, lobster, shrimp, or any other shellfish."
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as FoodShare in Wisconsin, serves 46 million Americans nationwide and 800,000 Wisconsinites. It allows the purchase of any food product except alcohol or hot prepared meals. -Continue Reading