Participants in the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program, at least in Virginia, can only buy certain foods from a provided list. I don't see why a similar, expanded requirement can't be placed on food stamp recipients. If one is going to rely on taxpayer resources, they shouldn't complain if there are rules they need to comply with. Additonally, food stamp recipients should be required to take classes in nutrition and budgeting. I paid for college by working in a grocery store. When people got their food stamps, they came and bought steaks and other expensive items and by the end of the month, were scrapping together coins to buy chips and highly processed "food" to get through the rest of the month.
Steve: I always thought that WIC was food stamps, but now I see from your explanation that it is not.
Years ago Food Stamps could only buy certain foods. Not even detergent for your laundry or soap.