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leonard sheaffer

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
— Abraham Lincoln

I am good at giving a damn.

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  • leonard sheaffer replied to a comment by LinJSol

    My Year on Food Stamps and What the Cuts to SNAP Will Mean via magazine.good.is

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    LinJSol2 months ago

    Hello Leonard, I'm living with MS and use a bridge card. They've jerked me up and down and all around cutting giving back and cutting again what money I'm allotted to use. I happen to be someone who usually purchases healthy food and try to purchase as much organic produce as possible because GMO's frighten me yet it's okay as far as our government goes that those foods are sold even though research has been shown that they're not good for us. I may purchase a twelve pack of vernors or root beer once in a great while, but it usually lasts for anywhere from six months to a year. I don't have a habit of drinking soda. I do also purchase about once a month a bag of potato chips that are the store brand, but usually purchase a lot of produce and other ingredients to stretch my dollar. I use coupons, Meijer mperks and also specials and sales to stretch my $$'s. Being almost 66 y/o, I've learned a lot about nutrition over the years and know how to cook. I am anxious about how much more will be cut and why it is that these cuts will only affect 15 out of 50 states? That seems awfully strange that they don't spread it out evenly through the country, because it seems that maybe that way not so much will be cut from people. I don't think it's fair and some people are really hurting because of this.

    leonard sheafferabout 1 month ago

    Research has not shown that GMO,s are bad . I've watched all the movies & read the articles on GMO's. Most people don't understand how GMO's are produced or what they are. The BTgene in corn is a protein that the bug can't digest. Humans can. It is an approved spray on organically produced food. By using this gene , the farmer does not have to us poisonous chemicals to kill the bugs. See the following article about one new mother that was buying non-GMO's www.slate.com/articles/double_x/the_kids/2014/01/organic_vs_conventional_produce_for_kids_you_don_t_need_to_fear_pesticides.html .
    I'm sure there are many people on food stamps that do a good job of budgeting & purchasing nutritious food. I'm also sure that there is a segment that could use some guidance on these issues. These are the people I'm speaking too. In our state you can get $20 change back from a purchase. I had a friend that was in line at a Walgreens & the person in front of them was buying candy bars one at a time so they could get $20 change from each purchase. I've heard of people selling there food stamps for cash & stores that will redeem them for non food items. This is what needs to be cut from the program, not lowering the benefits of people that are using the program the way it should be used.

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  • leonard sheaffer replied to a comment by Michael Shinosky

    My Year on Food Stamps and What the Cuts to SNAP Will Mean via magazine.good.is

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    leonard sheafferabout 1 month ago

    Stores are only going to supply what the customer demands. If a store buys small quantities of fresh produce they probably have to pay more & if it isn't sold it goes to waste. This may be part of the problem.

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    leonard sheaffer2 months ago

    I have met with the head of the snap program a couple years ago in Washington. There are people that really need this program & know how to buy nutritious foods, but there is also a lot of waste in the program also. Low income people have one of the biggest obesity problems. I think there should be better guidelines on what is considered eligible food. The head of the program said pop & potato chips are eligible food & it would to hard to determine if an energy drink was a food or not. There are guide lines in the WIC program. They could be established for the food stamp program. I think there should be food educational programs tied to receiving benefits. I don't think people should should get cash back on a SNAP purchase. I think there is enough fraud that could be eliminated in the program to save the amount of the cuts. One of big reasons for the cuts was to eliminate the automatic SNAP qualification because of receiving heating assistance. Some states were giving $1 assistance so people could qualify.

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    Hello Compost: Trading Food Waste for Local, Healthy Food via magazine.good.is

    leonard sheaffer7 months ago

    So now we have people that won't have to feel guilty for wasting food because they are getting paid for it. Why not buy only the amount food that one will use.

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