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Should food stamps be used at fast-food chains?

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides low-income, disabled and homeless people a debit-like card with a monthly allowance to buy groceries.

40 million Americans rely on this assistance and soon they might be able to use those cards at drive-thrus across the country.

Yum! brands, the parent company of Taco Bell, KFC, and other popular chains is currently lobbying with hopes to make this possible.

Helen Hussey, a dietitian at Memorial Health, believes this could benefit low-income people who might not have kitchens or electricity to cook food.

But one mother of three in Texas who uses food stamps says she is torn on the idea because she doesn't believe fast food is a necessity.

Hussey says if this program were to go into effect, there would need to be rules in place so people would buy the healthiest options available at restaurants.

Right now, restaurants in Arizona, California and Michigan can apply for a permit to accept food stamps as payment. A similar program is being tested in a Florida county, but only the homeless are eligible.

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