Amazon Is Going To Start Accepting This Government Handout

The United States Department of Agriculture recently initiated a program which will make some big-box retailers accept food stamps as a form of currency.

Amazon.com recently joined the group of corporations who will begin to accept food stamps.

The website, known for its convenience and low prices, will launch a two-year program to change their online ordering and payment methods to begin accepting food stamps as a form of payment, which is set to launch this summer.

The USDA claims it hopes to expand their food stamp initiative in the future, but for now, the organization has spent approximately $74 billion dollars on their ‘little’ project.

Other retailers who are participating in the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) include some big corporations like Safeway, ShopRite, and more.

Breitbart News reported:

“The USDA, which oversees the $74 billion food stamp program, also known as SNAP or the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, says it plans to expand the online program nationwide and eventually add more retailers.

 

Participating retailers include Safeway, ShopRite, Hy-Vee, Hart’s Local Grocers, and Dash’s Market, and will serve food stamps recipients in seven states: Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Iowa, and Oregon.”

Now the government is commercializing these programs and campaigning them to big-box corporations.

Amazon.com is just one more company that will profit from the poverty of others.

Breitbart News reported:

“What’s more, the USDA’s plan to allow tens of millions of food stamps recipients to purchase products from Amazon is the latest example of mega-corporations profiting from poverty.

 

Big banks like J.P. Morgan have made millions providing electronic benefits transaction (EBT) services for state governments and their respective food stamps programs.

 

“Since 2004, 18 of 24 states who contract with J.P. Morgan to provide welfare benefits have contracted to pay $560,492,596.02,” an investigation by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) found.”

For years, conservatives have been fighting government handout programs such as SNAP, due to the common fraud that occurs within the program, and its expensive nature.

Even the USDA admits allowing consumers to pay with food stamps online presents a new security issue.

Even more fraud is expected to emerge as a result.

Breitbart News reported:

“The USDA, seemingly aware of the risks for fraud, says “online payment presents technical and security challenges that will need to be examined and fully addressed before it is offered nationwide.”

 

News of the USDA’s pilot program comes as a new report reveals Americans used food stamps to buy more than $600 million worth of “sweetened beverages,” and bought hundreds of millions more of junk food and sugary snacks.

 

Overall, $1.3 billion in food stamps were spent on “sweetened drinks, desserts, salty snacks, candy, and sugar,” which accounted for about 20 cents of every dollar spent on food items purchased by 26.5 million households in 2011, according to a recently released report from the USDA.”

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Do you believe it’s acceptable to allow people to use food stamps online, considering the risks of fraud?

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