soundbite I just retrieved from accidentally switching to Fox News
this is literally revolting
because apparently low-income people can’t enjoy good foods, huh?
how fucking insulting this channel is
how fucking insulting
Classism (and racism/white-supremacy): believing that poor people, particularly PoC and immigrants, don’t deserve to eat healthy foods. Destroy capitalism and white/Western-supremacy. (via the-uncensored-she)
And yet, how many fucking times have you heard some douchebag complain about all the OMG UNHEALTHY stuff they saw in the cart of a person who used EBT?!? There’s just no way to win with these people.
the person who said this (I’m guessing Gavin McInnes, right?) also clearly has zero idea how EBT works-
you hypothetically can, but it’s not like organic salmon comes at a huge discount for people on EBT, or there’s some kind of special Buy-And-Save reward you unlock by using your card- that shit has a monthly limit, you use it up and there’s no more.
and, my g-d is food expensive in this city.
we don’t really have Sam’s Clubs or Aldi or Walmart here (which, well, the Walmart part is a good thing, the others are a mixed bag), we basically have like four or five basic, not-high-end supermarket chains, plus bodegas and or/greengrocers to cover the rest of one’s needs- some neighborhoods have plenty of cheap little stores, others have the one supermarket and a bunch of overpriced bodegas. and, in a lot of neighborhoods, the produce or meat is sometimes very good, sometimes awful.
and, it’s not like most people here have cars or anything, you’re kinda stuck shopping within however much distance you can shlep a bunch of bags or a wheely cart, which means that if you want to comparison-shop or go where the deals are or whatever, you need to have lots of time and transit fare and energy and possibly some extra hands and probably aren’t going to be able to buy in bulk.
and, yeah, re: salmon!!!!1- some neighborhoods have yuppie grocery stores and poorly-stocked chains/overpriced delis and nothing in between, and if you want some fresh vegetables or fruit, sometimes the only option is the yuppie store. so really, even within a pretty spartan definition of what Good Poor People Food is, it’s a great thing that some of said yuppie stores take EBT.
also, nobody here has room for storing bulk purchases and also also: buying in bulk mostly means having a bunch of money to pay upfront in order to save in the long term, which is really fucking hard if you have a set budget that’s meant to cover 90-95% of your food for an entire period of time- if you use it all early, whether on organic salmon or on bulk cans of beans, you’re likely to end up hungry (or living entirely on said beans) at the end of the month, all of which makes Good Poor People Food Budgeting Advice incredibly difficult to carry out.
I mean, not to even remotely imply that whichever bloated bag of bile and dog turds spewed out that particular statement would even give a shit if he knew any of the above? just, like, filling in some context on what food shopping is like in Brooklyn/Manhattan/Queens-to-some-extent and how that affects how far your monthly allotment can go.
reblogging for commentary, esp. nemesissy’s commentary.
i’m on ebt in san francisco, i’m disabled, and i don’t have a car. i am VERY lucky to live 10 blocks away & on a direct busline to/from both foods co. and rainbow grocery. foods co. is the cheapest big box grocery store i’ve been able to find in sf; rainbow can be very expensive for particular items, but they’ve got a bulk food section that’s cheap & great. i am also lucky that most (or possibly all, now?) san francisco farmers’ markets take ebt. that in particular is an amazing resource. the farmers’ market i usually go to (alemany farmers’ market, which is blessedly on a bus line that stops a block from my house) is hella cheap (like, even cheaper than foods co. for produce). buying the vast majority of my groceries there, and then supplementing the rest with foods co. & rainbow bulk stuff enables me to usually, if i plan carefully, stretch my $189 allottment out all month.
that said: sometimes getting to/from ANY of these places is a big schlep for me (maneuvering several bags of groceries on a packed bus with chronic pain is… not fun). also, alemany farmers’ market only happens 1 day/week (saturday), so if i happen to have a work event on a saturday (or, you know, just a thing i wanna do on a saturday afternoon), that means i have to wait another week till i can go to the farmers’ market. so esp. when i’m dealing with mobility issues due to pain & exhaustion, the closer but more expensive option (say, the corner store) is gonna fucking win out.
seriously, if i didn’t live within VERY easy bussing distance of each of these 3 places, i don’t know how i’d make my ebt last.