The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that from 2005 to 2010, the number of businesses approved to accept food stamps grew by one third. This includes convenience and dollar stores, gas stations and pharmacies.
Now, fast food restaurants like Taco bell, KFC, Long John Silver's and Pizza Hut (all owned by the YUM! brand) are trying to become food stamp friendly.
The argument is that that allowing SNAP benefits at these places will benefit the homeless, elderly and disabled, who otherwise have difficulty buying and preparing meals on their own.
What do you think? Should food stamps be allowed in fast food restaurants?
I will go first. No. Absolutely not. Here are my arguments against:
These restauraunts are not looking out for the welfare of the abovementioned people. They are not doing it to help out anyone. They are hoping to rope in the almighty dollar, in any form.
Using SNAP to buy food at a FF restaurant will eat into the already thin budget for the month.
There is nothing healthy or good about eating at a FF restaurant. Feeling full does not equate being nourished. These junk foods do not offer any sort of staying power, and leave you feeling hungry shortly after consuming.
The health ramifications of eating numerous meals of FF, have been documented ad nauseum. Why would we want to make it even easier for people to partake?
Your turn. How do you feel about it?