A video recently “caught” supporters of the First Lady’s plan for a mandatory healthy school lunch changing their tune when it comes to applying the same healthful standards to food stamps. The video, posted by the conservative-leaning news network MRCTV, asked Obama supporters to address this concern at the Congressional Black Caucus. Many of the people interviewed in the video said that although they would support healthy school lunches for their kids, when it comes to limiting consumption of snack and junk food on food stamps, their opinions were not as in sync; the various recorded responses include, "I don't think that's the government's job," and "I don't know if I would apply it to everyone.”
The MRCTV news network is a conservative news network whose mission is to “prove—through sound scientific research—that liberal bias in the media does exist and undermines traditional American values.” In addition, the group surveyed was small (five people) and was mostly women of color.
A study last year by the Harvard School of Public Health did come to the conclusion that even though the First Lady’s plan (SNAP) helps curb hunger, people on food stamps are significantly less likely to have well-balanced diets. However, a recent cookbook released called Cheap Eats shows that cooking healthy on a food stamp budget is possible.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi