Courier Letters to the Editor 4-26-23

Food stamp reform

Dear Editor,

Twelve percent of the U.S. and 12.8 percent of South Carolina uses SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.

The No. 1 item bought on SNAP is soda. In fact, 22.6 cents of every dollar is spent on a combination of sweetened beverages, prepared desserts, salty snacks, candy and sugar. This acts as a multi-billion-dollar subsidy for candy and soda companies, with Coca-Cola alone making $13 billion per year from SNAP benefits.

Although 40 percent of SNAP must be spent on essentials, such as bread, eggs and milk, the rest can be spent on anything that is EBT

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