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Low-income areas struggle to access healthy food

Caroline Washington of Schenectady, left, gives a fork full of rice, chicken, and vegetables to her 19-month-old grandson, being held by his mother, Elizabeth Washington, 19, with Mary Clifford of Cornell Cooperative Extension, center, at the Bellevue Farmer's Market on Broadway on Thursday,
Caroline Washington of Schenectady, left, gives a fork full of rice, chicken, and vegetables to her 19-month-old grandson, being held by his mother, Elizabeth Washington, 19, with Mary Clifford of Cornell Cooperative Extension, center, at the Bellevue Farmer's Market on Broadway on Thursday,
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For three summers in a row, Vickie Hurewitz stood behind a produce stand on a main drag in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood and tried to sell fresh fruits and vegetables. She had cherry tomatoes, watermelon, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, lettuce, cabbage, eggplant and red and green peppers. For 75 cents a pound, someone could grab a pound of peaches. Fresh-picked strawberries went for $1.50 a quart. As autumn arrived, she’d bring out apples and butternut ...


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pnotto
June 15, 2014
12:58 a.m.

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How about the state and the federal governments limit what people on food stamps can buy which is only food that is healthy. By not allowing them to purchase beer, cigarettes, liquor, potato chips, and other food items that is going to kill them and add to the health care bill that we pay for these people.

safny
June 15, 2014
6:06 a.m.

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You could never buy alcohol and cigarettes with food stamps. One issue is that you also cannot buy things like toilet paper which is a necessity.

pnotto
June 15, 2014
6:38 a.m.

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Apparently you do not know the real system....

ChuckD
June 17, 2014
10:53 p.m.

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More half-baked "facts".
Here's some that took all of 20 seconds to find:
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http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-fo...
Eligible Food Items
Last Modified: 12/20/2013
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Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:
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Foods for the household to eat, such as:
breads and cereals;
fruits and vegetables;
meats, fish and poultry; and
dairy products.
Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.
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In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.
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Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:
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Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
Any nonfood items, such as:
pet foods
soaps, paper products
household supplies
Vitamins and medicines
Food that will be eaten in the store
Hot foods

pnotto
June 26, 2014
8:19 p.m.

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Chuckles! You are so damn dumb its not funny. You have never been in the certain places after they have been raided by police and the different people arrested for welfare fraud. You need to stop believing what you read in the Leftist media. BTW, these facts are provided by Obama's cronies and the fact they come out of his administration proves the facts are FALSE!!! Just like that thing you call a brain...

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