You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
I used to work at a place with a pantry to help people with the items unable to be purchased with food stamps (shampoo, soap, cleaning supplies, toilet paper).
Let’s just say we had a lot of people sent to us through the organization we were helping, and most of them were on food stamps. They just needed to be clean so they would stop getting weird looks at work for smelling bad, or so their kids would stop being bullied at school, or to have a clean house so their kids wouldn’t get sick. A lot of times we had to deliver things to their houses because they needed to save what little gas they had for getting their kids to school or to get to work. And when they saw how kind I was, how I didn’t judge them, several ladies burst into tears and would hug me.
Oh also, about 90% off the people sent to us were women.
Yeah, I will never treat people on food stamps badly, never.