Letter: Too many spend food stamps on junk food
Tears came to my eyes as I viewed the picture and read the article, "Utah's poor brace for cuts in fed aid" (Tribune, Nov 1). The article stated a family of four qualifying for the maximum level in SNAP will see a decrease of $36 monthly in benefits. My heart aches for those on SNAP who are struggling to feed their children.
On the other hand, I have no sympathy for those individuals on SNAP who are apparently not struggling to feed their families. I work in a convenience store and process food stamp receipts, and it is not uncommon to see receipts in the amount of $45 spent on soda, energy drinks, bags and bars of candy and snack food. Supplemental nutrition? I don't think so!
Unfortunately, these individuals will continue to purchase a large amount of junk food and make up for the $36 shortfall by visiting food pantries, placing an additional strain on food pantry resources.
Gary K. Massey
West Valley City