A Massachusetts baker says her pies are great, but not great enough to buy with food stamps.
Andrea Taber owns the Ever So Humble Pie Company, which is located south of Boston. Each Friday, she sells some of her pies and other pastries at an area farmers market.
She caused a stir by being the only vendor there to refuse EBT payments for her treats. The farmers market is considering requiring its vendors to accept food stamp payments, and she says if that happens, she’s ready to walk.
Organizers of the farmers market say they just want the poor to be able to access healthy, fresh foods. And therein lies the rub for Taber.
“To me it’s no different than nail salons and Lottery tickets,” Taber said. “It’s pastry, it’s dessert. My pies are great, but come on.”
It’s not all that common when you see a business owner taking a stand that could potentially hurt her own business. But Taber is adamant:
“I don’t think American taxpayers should be footing the bill for people’s pie purchases.”
I completely support food stamps to help struggling families have healthy meals. But I completely agree that there should be limits on what you can buy with them. I realize that poor people crave sweets as much as the wealthy. But while they’re looking for work that will get them off government assistance — and if they aren’t, they should be — they can at least be enjoying healthy produce and vegetables and better food choices.
So they’ll be healthier and more likely to have the energy to find that job.
If they have cash left over after paying the bills they have, it should be their decision what they do with it. But the things taxpayers are paying for shouldn’t include “luxuries.” That ought to be common sense for everyone.
Maybe this woman should be run for president!