A bill has been proposed that would ban food stamps recipients from using their benefits to buy ‘junk food,’ including energy drinks and soda.
The bill, H.B. No. 4364 filed by Rep. Brisco Caine, would not allow the purchase of any sweetened or carbonated beverage, some potato chips or corn chips, candy or cookies with benefits.
It also proposes the ban of buying energy drinks which “contain at least 65 milligrams of caffeine per 8 fluid ounces that is advertised as being specifically designed to provide metabolic stimulation or an increase to the consumer’s mental or physical energy.”
Coffee or coffee-based beverages would still be allowed to be bought with food stamps.