Originally Posted by vbactivist
I guess I feel like certain things are luxuries, not "rights". And if you are receiving assistance, or you can't support yourself (general you), then you are not entitled to certain luxuries.
If you and your family lost it all and had to apply for foodstamps, would you still feel the same way? Would you tell your children that they could not have a special food because it is a luxury item? Honesty, would you?
If it's sold at Kroger, I can bet that it is not a luxury item.
But seriously, what groceries are luxury items? What one considers a normal dinner another might consider a spartan meal, and what some might consider as a luxury is their cultural norm.
That is basically saying that families on FS should be limited to bread, rice, beans, egg and bags of frozen mixed vegetables.
I am one of the few people I know that would support a complete overhaul of the system, but at the same time I would never think that it is fair to tell someone what they can eat, and how they should spend a gift.
I guess that I liken the $200 to student loan refunds. The money is to be used for school related expenses. Putting gas in in the family car, or getting an oil change is a necessity for some to get to school? Having lights is a requirement to enable the family computer to work.
What if they parent had already purchased school supplies, should the mom who maybe spent all of her money on her children not be allowed to purchase a pair of shoes for herself?