In the year 2010, over 40 million people received food stamps from the federally fund program, with each recipient receiving a monthly benefit of $133 (national average).
Yum! Brands (parent company of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver’s and A&W) is lobbying the USDA (Department of Agriculture) to allow food stamp redemption at its restaurants.
A USDA approval of this lobbying effort would result in a direct conflict with Michelle Obama and the healthy food programs she has promoted. These programs, Healthier US School Challenge and Healthy Food Initiative, have a combined cost exceeding well over $400 million. They both have the same objectives which are: 1) to help parents make healthy eating and lifestyle choices for their families by bringing healthy food retailers to under-served urban and rural communities across the nation, and 2) to serve healthier food in schools.
Allowing food stamps to be used at fast food restaurants would contradict the goals and objectives of the healthy eating campaign, and would be unfair to families who work hard and can not afford dining out. SupraMan believes that such a USDA approval would also, outside of making life easier for food stamp recipients, reinforce the idea that government handouts are a good way of life.
Some of the 40 million Americans currently receiving food stamps from the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may soon be able to use them at participating fast food restaurants.Yum! Brands – the parent company of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver’s and A&W – is lobbying to have food stamps be accepted at their restaurants.