Food stamps could change for folks in KY

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

State Representative Rick Nelson wants to stop food stamp users from buying "junk food" with the assisted money, which excludes sodas, cookies, and candy.

A prefiled bill might make using food stamps more difficult for people in Kentucky.

Representative Nelson says the bill would limit what shoppers could purchase.

"Sweets or junk food is not an appropriate purchase with the food stamp money that the tax payers provide for them," said Representative Nelson.

The bill would encourage families using food stamps to buy more nutritious foods.

"You could probably buy five to eight canned goods, and that would go a lot longer than a pack of cookies," said Representative Nelson.

But people using food stamps say they should be able to continue buying what they always have.

Representative Nelson says food stamp money should not be abused and should be used to buy healthy foods.

Two other bills are in the works one requiring food stamp shoppers to present a photo I.D. to the cashier and the other allowing random drug testing.

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