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.
As a person who grew up in poverty, all the above statements are true. Do you know how it feels to hear your parents be utterly sad because they’re afraid of not being able to provide enough necessities for you? Just because they’re on food stamps, doesn’t mean other necessities will get covered.
Do you know how it feels like to wear the same article of clothing on Tuesday that you wore on Monday only to have your friends make fun of you and tease you in elementary and middle school?
Do these people not understand the definition of food stamps or are they so daft about people in poverty that their ignorance is equivalent to hatred?
Get your facts straight, people.