- the top purchase made by food stamps is not food at all; it’s soda.
- families on food stamps typically bought more junk food than those paying for groceries themselves.
Food stamps are a last resort for millions of low income families across America who struggle to put food on the table.
So it may come as a surprise that the top purchase made by food stamps is not food at all; it’s soda.
Soda accounts for five percent of every dollar spent in stamps while a whopping 20 percent is spent on junk food that includes ‘sweetened beverages, desserts, salty snacks, candy and sugar’.
The United States Department of Agriculture, which oversees the $74billion food stamp program SNAP, found that dairy and processed foods were among the top purchases, the New York Times reports.