ALL Families deserve access to Healthy Food, even ON-LINE
Have you ever found yourself buying cooking oils, vitamins, grains, just healthier food alternatives in general on-line cheaper than the grocery store? I have and it has save me money and time by skipping a trip to the grocery store.
There are families in this country that can’t do so, specifically families on food stamps. 46 million individuals in this country are on food stamps but can’t use them on-line to buy healthier alternatives at a lower cost. Many of these families live in “food deserts”, with no access to grocery stores near by, but only gas stations, convenient stores and fast food restaurants. Without healthy food options, people get sick, often developing diabetes and other illnesses, contributing to obesity and diabetes epidemic that is currently taking over our country. We are spending $245 billion dollars a year on the treatment of diabetes alone!
WHAT IS BEING DONE
Thrive Market is launching a nationwide petition asking the USDA to allow low-income families to use their food stamps on-lineThrive Market’s Giving team has been working with the USDA for more than a year and a half to help the 45 million Americans receiving food stamp assistance use their benefits online. Unfortunately, we’ve seen little progress by the USDA – food stamps recipients can use their benefits at fast food restaurants and convenience stores but still cannot buy healthy food online for their families.
- Part of Thrive Market’s vision is to make healthy, wholesome foods accessible to everyone.
- Food stamps can only be used in brick-and-mortar stores. For the nearly 23.5 million people who live in food deserts, that means the options to use their food stamps are limited. They might live hours from the nearest SNAP-approved grocery store!
- If food stamps could be redeemed online—with the same rules that apply when buying in stores—so many more individuals would have the opportunity to purchase healthier foods that suit their dietary needs.
- 74 percent of people who live at or below the poverty line have internet access, while only 30 percent have access to a car.
- We’re asking the USDA to make food stamps redeemable online—sign our petition at ThriveAction.org to help us improve food stamp usage and make healthier food more accessible to those who need it the most.
SIGN OUR PETITION NOW
to ask the USDA to let people use their food stamps online and demand healthy food for everyone
Why should taxpayers pay for food for those who don’t want to work?
Actually, 76 percent of households that receive food stamp (SNAP) benefits include a child, or an elderly or disabled person—people who aren’t even eligible for employment. Further, a third of households on food stamps have at least one person with an earned income.
Is this program making people dependent on the government?
No, the average participant is only in the program for about 10 to 13 months. Although food stamp benefit periods can last up to three years, most healthy adults are limited to a three-month timeframe. From there, they need to submit a renewal application and get re-approved. Most are on the program for about three cycles before they can afford to get off. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, temporary access to food stamp benefits lifted 4.7 million Americans out of poverty in 2014.
Do recipients get hundreds of dollars a month to spend on whatever they want?
The average monthly benefit is $133.85 per person, or less than $1.50 per meal, per person. Benefits barely cover groceries—even with food stamps, one third of households still have to visit food pantries to supplement their food budgets.
Do taxpayers pay a lot to fund the food stamps program?
A person who earns a $50,000 salary actually only pays about $36 a year in taxes to support all food and nutrition assistance programs, including the school lunch program. That’s 10 cents a day.
Why do people on food stamps need to be able to use them online?
We are petitioning the USDA to allow food stamp recipients to use their benefits online so they can access healthy food even if they don’t live near a grocery store. More than 23 million Americans live in areas with little to no access to healthy food, called food deserts. People should be able to use their benefits online to buy healthier food at lower prices. Treating diabetes costs the medical system $245B annually, and the cost associated with heart disease is $444B a year. By enabling people to buy healthy food with their food stamps regardless of where they live, we can help prevent disease and save lives. Join us by signing our petition and asking the USDA to help make a change.