It’s Time to Stop Shaming Poor People for What They Buy With Food Stamps

Poor people who receive government food aid use it to load up on Coke. Or so The New York Times suggests. Under an image of a shopping cart stuffed with half-gallon jugs of soda, The Times' Anahad O'Connor writes in a widely shared recent piece that the "No. 1 purchases by SNAP households are soft drinks." SNAP refers to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known food stamps. By contrast, he writes, among non-SNAP households, "soft drinks ranked second on the list of food...

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