No Junk Food Stamps
MILWAUKEE -- A local state lawmaker wants food stamp users in Wisconsin to buy healthier food. Video by nbc26.comvideo
MILWAUKEE -- A local state lawmaker wants food stamp users in Wisconsin to buy healthier food.
Republican Dean Kaufert of Neenah would like to see changes to the foodshare program that would require people to spend more of their aid on nutritious food and less junk food. Critics say the proposed requirements probably wouldn't work.
"It would lead to better buying decisions, better spending decisions, make their dollar go further and make their taxpayer feel better about how those dollars are being spent," Kaufert said in a phone interview today.
DIrector of the Hunger Task Force Sherrie Tussler disagrees, saying, "I know that government can't decide for us what we purchase at the grocery store, it's just not realistic."
The Department of Health Services is looking at the proposal, but doesn't have a position on the Legislation yet.