Limitations to Buy Several Types of Foods Declared in the Wisconsin Bill

Published By : 21 May 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The State Assembly of Wisconsin’s has given an approval on a legislation in the previous week, which puts in some new regulations and rules regarding what food stamps recipients may be purchased with the advantages and benefits. The Assembly Bill 177 will be limiting some of the types of food, which can be purchased using the FoodShare, the Wisconsin’s food stamp program.

Along with the banning of purchase of several foods such as lobster with the publicly-funded program, the legislation will require more than two-thirds of the benefits to be utilized to buy healthy foods.

Under this mentioned bill, Department of Health Services (DHS) should require not lower than 67% of the benefits of SNAP that are to be used by a particular recipient in a span of a month to buy any of the following mentioned foods: the foods that are present on the given list of foods has been authorized for the federal special supplemental nutrition program, (which is held for children, women, and infants) chicken, fresh produce, beef, pork, fish, and frozen, canned, and fresh white potatoes. Moreover, DHS should also prohibit the use of SNAP benefits for buying lobster, crab, other shellfish, and shrimp.
The mentioned bill was passed in the state assembly with a vote of 60-35.

The supporters of the bill state that the measure is financially responsible and further encourages the people to eat healthy food; whereas the opponents on this matter state that limiting of the food types, which can be bought adds to the hardship on those who are receiving aid.

A policy analyst, Rachel Sheffield, of The Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, stated that the program of food stamps is in a serious requirement of reform.
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