Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Should Food Stamps Be Restricted From Buying Soda?

The mayors of New York, Newark and 16 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.

Large soda bottles are seen in a bodega in Chinatown
Large soda bottles are seen in a bodega in Chinatown (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

In a letter to congressional leaders today, the mayors say it’s “time to test and evaluate approaches limiting” the use of the subsidies for sugar-laden beverages, in the interest of fighting obesity and related diseases.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the food stamp program, declined to comment on the letter.

And the American Beverage Association, which has previously clashed with Bloomberg and has said sugary drinks shouldn’t be singled out as a cause of obesity, had no immediate comment.

Last year more than 47 million Americans used food stamps — technically, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

POLL: Jeff Demenski Asks: Should Food Stamp Recipients Be Restricted?

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!