What Do You Think of the Idea of Accepting Food Stamps in Fast Food Restaurants?

There is a conversation of whether fast food restaurants should be allowed to accept food stamps as a form of payment. According to this CNN News report, food stamp use surged from $30.3 billion in 2007 to $64.7 billion in 2010 (the recession began in December 2007). Some believe that it is a good idea to let people use food stamps in restaurants because many food stamp users are the elderly or homeless people --- they may not be capable of shopping in grocery stores or cooking at home. Others worry that it would cause a even more severe diabetes problem among Americans because few people order healthy food in fast food restaurants.

I am not a gourmet chef, but I enjoy cooking at home. I know I have saved a lot of money as well just by eating at home. I, however, have to admit that there are also times when I do not feel like cooking or when I want to go out and celebrate a special moment. In that case, I will treat myself a nice meal in a restaurant. I am not sure if it is because of the food, the dining experience, or a combination of both, but I know that I feel good when dining out. With this rationale, allowing people to use food stamps in fast food restaurants could be a good thing. What are your opinions? Healthy food? Fast food? Or no food for food stamp users?

Allowing people to use food stamps in fast food restaurants also means huge business to the industry --- even 10% of $64.7 billion is still a tremendous amount. In addition to the bottom line, are there any other potential impacts? Will the clienteles of fast food restaurants change when food stamps are allowed? Do restaurants have to introduce new menu items in responding to the changes? Will accepting food stamps also affect the way of how business is operated? If so, in what way?

Last but not least, if you are worrying about the deficit that the government has already had, how may this change of using food stamps in fast food restaurants affect tax payers? …

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