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Michigan lawmaker wants to ban Bridge Card users from buying pop

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Soda -- Everyone knows soda is a total sugar bomb, but experts say it can't be overstated with 29 grams of sugar per 8-ounce can. In fact, cutting out sugar-sweetened drinks is the biggest thing you can do to cut your risk of (SXC)

LANSING – Michiganders using Bridge Cards would not be able to buy soft drinks under a new law proposed in the Michigan legislature.

A bill introduced by Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, would ban the use of cash assistance or Michigan Bridge Card to buy soft drinks or pop.

In 2016, Michigan was in the top five states for food stamp participation.

The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act) defines eligible food as any food or food product for home consumption and also includes seeds and plants which produce food for consumption by SNAP households. The Act precludes the following items from being purchased with SNAP benefits:  alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, hot food and any food sold for on-premises consumption.

Nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, medicines and vitamins, household supplies, grooming items, and cosmetics, also are ineligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.  

  • Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items
  • Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes are also food items and are therefore eligible items

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Any nonfood items, such as:
    • pet foods
    • soaps, paper products
    • household supplies
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods

 

 


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