posted on Feb, 19 2018 @ 11:24 AM
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
My town has two sushi restaurants but neither are good, they go so far as to deep fry their sushi. Our grocery store has a sushi stand in the deli
section though. It varies by type but is about $6 for a cut of 9 rolls. The price is reasonable enough, and I'm sure they can't go much lower, but
having lived the SNAP budget not all that long ago I always keep in mind that $6 for one meal is way above what was the normal budget of $4 per
I think the real issue here is that when you get right down to it, as long as healthy food remains desirable it's going to be priced higher than the
cheap stuff. Junk food is priced so cheap because no one would pay $10 for a bag of chips.
That means that whatever the undesirable food in society is at any given point, is what people on SNAP (or anyone with a tight food budget) are going
Ohio has a box food program already, it's been a few years since I used it but you could pay something like $50 and get a box full of food you could
cook that would last a single person 2.5-3 weeks which would then stretch the rest of your food budget much further. I bought the food boxes a few
times, but ultimately stopped because there was too much waste. Everyone has dietary preferences and eating things you dislike leads to a lot of
resentment of the system. Not to mention, I didn't find the food to be worth my time. Sure, the boxes were saving me $50 a month, but they also
required me to spend an additional 15 hours a month cooking. That's a savings of $3.33 an hour which is well below any earnings potential. Put
simply, I would be better off working for $5.00 an hour (which was below minimum wage at the time) those 15 hours a week, than using the food box and
saving some money.
I think that SNAP is already motivating enough, because no one wants to live on a really tight food budget.
Edit: SNAP is also already motivating in that it's a poverty trap. In order to qualify there are asset limitations on your home, on your car, and on
your savings. Being on the program inherently creates financial insecurity. If you want savings so that you can make a car repair, or perhaps get a
more reliable car, or buy a home and start building equity you cannot be on SNAP. Most people want these things, therefore they have a reason to
improve their situation and get off of assistance. The real issue is that 26.2% of the US population works for $9/hour or less and most SNAP
recipients have jobs already. They're stuck in a situation where they're working the jobs that are available and those jobs have no upward mobility,
so while the motivation to do better is there, the opportunity is not.
edit on 19-2-2018 by Aazadan because: (no reason given)