When you receive food stamps, you’re actually using it to buy groceries.
And if you can’t eat it, you might be able to get the food stamps back.
But the good news is, the federal government is actually cracking down on the use of food stamps.
The USDA announced Wednesday that it will stop paying food stamp benefits to companies that use the program as a profit center.
“The USDA will no longer pay benefits to food manufacturers who use food stamps as a means to maximize profits and avoid accountability for their abuses,” said USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in a statement.
It’s a big win for the food stamp program, but it’s a bit disappointing that a program so important to the poor and needy will no long be used as a way to make money.
The good news, according to the USDA, is that the food system will still be able pay for groceries.
But that means it will be easier for the government to keep tabs on companies that are doing it wrong.
The bad news is that a large portion of the food you get on food stamps ends up in the hands of corporations like Walmart and Kroger, who are the largest recipients of food stamp payments.
That means the federal system will no doubt continue to run amok.